Championship celebrations in Paris, debutants in Barcelona and a Monaco launch in 2006: the round-up of the week at Renault F1 Team. Rounding the year off in style The Renault F1 Team's double world championship victory in 2005 was an historic...
Championship celebrations in Paris, debutants in Barcelona and a Monaco launch in 2006: the round-up of the week at Renault F1 Team.
Rounding the year off in style
The Renault F1 Team's double world championship victory in 2005 was an historic achievement for the company. It marked the first time that a mass-market automobile manufacturer has triumphed in Formula 1, and for Renault, the two titles were the first won with a 100% Renault car. On November 30, the team took the chance to celebrate, with Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn alongside Patrick Faure, Flavio Briatore, Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella.
"We have not only demonstrated that Renault can deliver sporting performance at the very highest level," explained Mr Ghosn. "It also shows that company can plan, organise and succeed in our projects very quickly. We must now exploit this success to tell people about Renault, that Renault are champions, and to show our customers that the reliability and technical excellence of our Formula 1 cars is also that of the products we sell."
The World Champion -- just the same guy
Since becoming World Champion, Fernando Alonso has fielded one question more than any other: has it changed your life? The Spaniard has responded patiently to each one, but always with the same answer -- no. But why not? Why has achieving his life-long dream not changed him or his life?
"You know, when you are a young child, I think everybody dreams of being the best in the world at something," Fernando explained on Wednesday. "So to be have been the best in the world this year is a dream come true. But I haven't bought anything special to mark the championship -- I come from a modest family, we don't have the life of rich people, so I don't need something expensive because I don't know how to use it in my life."
"But the win hasn't changed me because I still feel the same way about driving: I want to beat everybody. I am world champion for 2005, yes, but 2006 is a news season, and I want to be the best then. And in 2007. And 2008. I am a very competitive person at everything in my life, and next year will be a new chapter for me."
Debutants in Barcelona
As the Renault F1 Team celebrated the achievement of a lifelong dream in Paris, two young men were huddled in the Renault F1 Team motorhome in Barcelona, in cold weather, waiting to begin their first ever drive of a Formula 1 car. Robert Kubica and Giorgio Mondini, respectively 2005 World Series by Renault Champion and 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Champion, got their first taste of F1 at the wheel of the world championship winning R25.
Each completed a half day of running with the team, completing around 40 laps in difficult, cool conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya. At the end of the day, Chief Test Engineer Christian Silk gave his verdict: "Both drivers were faced with a very big jump to adapt to the car, but they took a very mature approach and worked with their engineers to understand and improve the car. Robert and Giorgio have acquitted themselves very well today."
Renault F1 Team plans Monaco launch for 2006
The Renault F1 Team is pleased to announce that the official launch and presentation of the 2006 car and season will be held in Monaco, on Tuesday, 31 January 2006. This will come after the track debut of the R26 car which will defend the team's world championship titles, which is planned to run for the first time on 10 January, 2006 in Jerez.