The race is on
for Renault Pro+
It’s not only the two Renault Sport Formula One™ Team R.S.18 cars which are under pressure each weekend. We follow the Support Team at one of the busiest times of the season.
Most of the press and publicity in Formula 1® is centered around the drivers and their performance. But Renault drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz could not do what they do without a vast team of equally committed personnel putting them on the grid.
To ensure that happens, technicians and engineers back at HQ in Enstone are constantly developing and making new parts, and it is driver Robert’s job to deliver that equipment to the team on the road when they need it. Fortunately, he has got a superb vehicle from the Renault Pro+ range to help him get it there: the Renault Master.
Episode one of four sets the scene for the busiest period of the Formula 1® calendar, one that will test Race Teams and Support Teams alike. We follow Renault Pro+ vans as part of Renault Sport Formula One™ Team over this thrilling series of weekends.
The first leg of the triple header is particularly important for Renault Sport Formula One™ Team as it’s also the first French Grand Prix to take place in a decade. Renault Sport Formula One™ Team will obviously want to do well in front of its home crowd. If Robert’s delivery of new parts can shave a vital hundredth from the driver’s lap times, then his journey would have all been worthwhile.
It’s been four days since the chequered flag dropped on Renault Sport Formula One™ Team’s home Grand Prix in France. But the drivers, technicians and engineers on the road, and the staff at the team’s base in Enstone, Oxfordshire, have no chance to take a breather. Race two of the calendar’s European triple header is looming large. Once everything is packed and loaded on to the trucks and vans at the Paul Ricard Circuit in the south of France, it’s time to head 700 miles east across the Alps to Austria.
It’s the final leg of the triple header weekends. And for Robert, it means a few home comforts around the British Grand Prix.
This is the third consecutive weekend of racing. It started in France, then went to Austria and now, with the finish line in sight, it’s coming back to the home of British motor racing, Silverstone, for the British Grand Prix.
The Season so far: an update
Carlos Sainz drove a strong home race to finish in seventh place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Formula 1® Gran Premio de España Emirates 2018, with the points gained taking the team to fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship. Nico Hülkenberg had a very short race after the rear of his R.S.18 was collected by a spinning Romain Grosjean, pitching both into retirement on the first lap.
Renault Sport Formula One™ Team posted another double points finish in the Formula 1® Grand Prix de Monaco 2018. Nico Hülkenberg crossed the line in eighth position after a hard charge from eleventh on the grid. Carlos Sainz came home in tenth, giving the team a strong points haul and consolidating fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship.
Renault Sport Formula One™ Team equalled its best-ever points finish with Nico Hülkenberg taking seventh, leading home team-mate Carlos Sainz in eighth in the Formula 1® Grand Prix Heineken du Canada 2018.
The team claimed six points from the first French Grand Prix in ten years, after Carlos Sainz took eighth place and Nico Hülkenberg ninth in a thrilling and frenetic Formula 1® Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2018 at Paul Ricard.
Renault Sport Formula One™ Team endured a frustrating Formula 1® Eyetime Grosser Preis von Österreich 2018 as Nico Hülkenberg’s charge went up in smoke and Carlos Sainz’ run was hampered by extensive tyre blistering on the track.
A welcome return to the points courtesy of Nico Hülkenberg’s sixth place finish in a fast-paced and action-packed Formula 1® 2018 Rolex British Grand Prix at Silverstone, while Carlos Sainz retired after a collision at Copse on lap 38, while in the hunt for a top ten finish.
Nico Hülkenberg delivered a stellar performance in a wet-weather affected Formula 1® Emirates Grosser Preis von Deutschland 2018, driving a measured race to finish in fifth position – his best result for the team. Carlos Sainz was on the brink of the top ten battle at the end of the race, however was given a ten-second time penalty, dropping him to twelfth.
Renault Sport Formula One™ Team endured a frustrating Formula 1® Rolex Magyar Nagydíj 2018 where Carlos Sainz finished in the points, but wasn’t able to fully capitalise on his fine fifth position on the grid, and Hülkenberg came twelfth.
It was a disappointing Formula 1® 2018 Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz working up the order to finish just one position shy of the points in eleventh. Whilst Carlos was able to complete the full race distance, Nico Hülkenberg’s race ended at the first corner after he out-braked himself and collected the car ahead.
After a couple of disappointing races, there was success for Carlos Sainz, who finished a fast-paced Formula 1® Gran Premio Heineken D’Italia 2018 in ninth place. Nico Hülkenberg fell short of the top ten after a battling effort from last place on the grid.
The sixth double-points finish of the season was achieved after Carlos Sainz’s eighth place and Nico Hülkenberg’s tenth place finish in the Formula 1® 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.