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2016 Renault R.S. 16


Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul ensures all aspects of Renault Sport Racing are structured, resourced and working to their optimum potential to deliver on their performance potential. Additionally, he sets the commercial, marketing and communications targets to ensure Groupe Renault takes full advantage of its F1 activities.

Cyril knows the Anglo-French team and Renault inside out. After graduating from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, he joined Renault in 2001 and worked in various positions at company HQ in France and also at the F1 team in Enstone. His commercial acumen saw him appointed Development Director of the Renault F1 Team in 2007, lòòking after commercial matters, partners and sponsor acquisition. He became Executive Director in 2010 before moving back to Viry in 2011 when Renault re-centered its F1 activities around engine supply. As Deputy Managing Director, Cyril oversaw all contractual relations, marketing and communications activities wîth partner teams and created a solid platform for Renault as it re-established itself in its new guise.

Cyril's success in the role led to him being head-hunted by the Caterham F1 Team in 2012 to become team principal. He rejoined Renault in September 2014 to become Managing Director of Renault Sport F1 and spear-headed the analysis of reacquiring a team for the Renault brand to fully exploit its long F1 heritage.

Q1: Why has Renault returned to F1 as a constructor?

Abiteboul: The reasons are threefold. The first is based on a solid business strategy. As an engine supplier our brand visibility was marginal, but it was acceptable when the cost of the technology was contained. With the dual problem of the increased expenditure of the V6 regulations and the level of competition that raised dramatically, it was not the case anymore.

As a team, we can achieve improved returns in all areas, such as brand awareness in traditional markets and new media platforms. This leads to the second reason: to use F1 to grow the Renault Sport brand in particular thanks to a controlled communication strategy wîth a platform that we fully own. The final reason is that Renault is passionate about motorsport. There is a genuine pride in the results of the past and an enthusiasm to do justice to them in the present day.

Q2: How was the news greeted at Renault?

Abiteboul: Within the Renault group people have naturally been very positive, as it is an opportunity for the group to grow and to re-own the results of the past. It also adds an extra sparkle to the brand as it tackles bigger challenges in its core business. At Enstone, the atmosphere has been buzzing. When we visited the factory in November there was a lot of work, but the mood was muted. Now it's like a light has gone back on – everyone is flat out, but very optimistic. At Viry it's much the same, despite the huge challenge, there is now a direction. There's a real drive on both sides of the operation to build for the future.

Q3: How will Renault Sport Racing function?
Abiteboul: The creation of Renault Sport Racing is a very exciting step. For the first time in a long time we have a coherent brand and structure where all personnel working on motorsport disciplines will be managed by the same team. We will have engineers seconded to Formula E, customer programs and Formula Renault 2.0, amongst other activities, working shoulder to shoulder. This will facilitate collaborations between Formula 1 and other racing activities we have not seen in the past, such as powertrain developments, aerodynamic advancements and, of course, greater flexibility and mobility. The human performance will also be addressed, wîth the Academy composed of drivers coming from our feeder series and trained to hopefully become F1 material as soon as possible.

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 600 hp

8-speed Semi-Automatic
Jérôme Stoll, Fred Vasseur and myself will manage the group and create the necessary crossover points to cover a scope fairly wide from rally, to track racecars and single-seaters. But these synergies must not come to the detriment of the F1 team, which will be relatively independent to manage the very specific technical and sporting challenges of the sport. As F1 Chief Technical Officer, Bob Bell will be fully focused on the F1 performance and oversee the technical teams at Enstone and Viry to ensure everyone is following the same path. Nick Chester and Rémi Taffin will manage the technical teams at Enstone and Viry respectively. I'm very happy wîth this arrangement; we've got strong people in the right roles and a genuine willingness to work together to move forward. We have the budget we need for now, and we need to be cost-efficient and conserve our team spirit as we revitalize existing working models.

Q4: How will the Renault brand use Renault Sport Racing?
Abiteboul: We aim to use it in several ways. Firstly via the communications and marketing channels wîth the Renault Sport brand pushed forward through a range of innovative press initiatives and social media campaigns. We also aim to push through technical developments for the road car range by testing them in multiple competitive disciplines.

Equally, we hope that the competitive standard will be raised and success in one formula will inspire success in others. One new benefit is also that engineers and other staff working in motorsport will have many career options: There is now a clearer path in motorsport.

But going beyond this, other members of the Renault-Nissan Alliance will benefit from Renault Sport Racing. F1 can help develop expertise in many areas they have not had access to, plus we will profit in areas that have been developed off track. It's a win-win situation for everyone.

Q5: What are the targets for this year?
Abiteboul: Each category will have its own target. In Formula 1, we have to be realistic about 2016. In some areas we are playing catch-up – it's no secret that we missed the start of the new power unit regulations and Enstone needs a bit of TLC. This is a year to re-build relations, re-energize both Enstone and Viry and create synergies within the Renault Sport Racing group and the wider Renault-Nissan Alliance. That's not to say that we will write off the year, but we are aiming to put everything in place for improved success in 2017.

In Formula E, the situation is different, as we are clearly the team to beat wîth e.dams. But we must not get too excited as we have to harness the very strong performance potential of the package, particularly at venues such as the first French ePrix in Paris, and continue to preserve our competitive advantage for future seasons. For Formula E, we are utilizing the undoubted talents of Alain Prost, which highlights our aspirations for continued success. In other categories, the primary targets will be to continue the redefinition of our motorsport strategy around the Formula 1-Formula E spine, supporting Groupe Renault challenges around the world.

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2016 Formula One Season
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Germany Nico Erik Rosberg 
Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
Finland Kimi-Matias Raikkonen
Germany Sebastian Vettel 
Force India Formula One TeamForce India
Germany Nicolas 'Nico' Hulkenberg
Mexico Sergio Pérez Mendoza 
WilliamsF1 TeamWilliams
Finland Valtteri Bottas
Brazil Felipe Massa 
Honda Marlboro McLarenMcLaren
MP4-31 Honda 
Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 
Scuderia Toro RossoScuderia Toro Rosso
Spain Carlos 'Carlos Sainz, Jr.' Sainz Vázquez de Castro
Netherlands Max Emilian Verstappen 
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France Romain Grosjean
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Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Brazil Luiz Felipe de Oliveira 'Felipe Nasr' Nasr 
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France Esteban Ocon
Germany Pascal Wehrlein 
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Russia Daniil Kvyat
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 

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 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International CircuitApr 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese Grand Prix ShanghaiApr 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Russian Grand Prix Russian Grand Prix Sochi International Street Circuit, SochiMay 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2016  Max Emilian VerstappenRed Bull 
 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Grand Prix MonacoMay 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 European Grand Prix European Grand Prix Baku City CircuitJun 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Austrian Grand Prix Austrian Grand Prix SpielbergJul 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 British Grand Prix British Grand Prix SilverstoneJul 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungarian Grand Prix HungaroringJul 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 German Grand Prix German Grand Prix HockenheimringJul 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian Grand Prix Spa-FrancorchampsAug 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Italian Grand Prix Italian Grand Prix MonzaSep 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Grand Prix Marina BaySep 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian Grand Prix SepangOct 2016  Daniel RicciardoRed Bull 
 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese Grand Prix SuzukaOct 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 United States Grand Prix United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TexasOct 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
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Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton

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