Renault R24

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Renault R24
Fernando Alonso 2004 Canada.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Renault
Designer(s) Mike Gascoyne
Predecessor R23
Successor R25
Technical specifications
Chassis Moulded carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Carbon fibre top and bottom wishbones operate an inboard titanium rocker via a pushrod system
Suspension (rear)

Titanium top and carbon fibre bottom wishbones operating vertically mounted

torsion bars and horizontally mounted damper units mounted on the top of the gearbox casing
Engine Renault RS24, Mid-mounted 3.0 litre V10 (72°)
Transmission Titanium longitudinal, 6 speed + 1 reverse
Fuel Elf
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants Mild Seven Renault F1 Team
Notable drivers 7. Italy Jarno Trulli
7. Canada Jacques Villeneuve
8. Spain Fernando Alonso
Debut 2004 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
16 1 3 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Renault R24 is a Formula One car that competed in the 2004 Formula One season. It was clearly one of the fastest, most-reliable cars of the season, managing to outpace both the Williams and McLaren, as well as proving to be a consistent challenger to the equally fast BAR Hondas of Jenson Button and Takuma Sato. However, it was routinely bested by the Ferrari F2004 of Michael Schumacher & Rubens Barrichello, as the Ferrari duo won 15 of the 18 races in 2004. The driver line-up was Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso.

The team surprised everybody by becoming real contenders for second place in the Constructors' Championship. Trulli won the Monaco Grand Prix in spectacular fashion. However, his relationship with Renault (particularly with team principal and Trulli's ex-manager Flavio Briatore) deteriorated after he was consistently off the pace in the latter half of the year, and made claims of favouritism in the team towards Alonso (though the two teammates themselves remained friendly).

Commentators regularly point to the French Grand Prix as the final straw for Briatore, where Trulli was overtaken by Rubens Barrichello in the final stages of the last lap, costing Renault a double podium finish at their home Grand Prix. He went on without finishing any points and later got fired. After that, he announced that he was joining Toyota F1 for the following year and in fact left Renault early, driving the Toyota in the last two races of the 2004 season.

Hoping to secure second place in the Constructors' Championship, Renault replaced Trulli with 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve for the final three races. However, Villeneuve — away from F1 racing for almost an entire season and struggling to aclimatise quickly to racing at the premier level — did not impress, and the team finished third behind BAR with 105 points.

The R24 was loaned to The Stig for an episode of Top Gear. Renault claimed it would go around the Top Gear Test Track in less than one minute; the R24 got around in 59.0 seconds.[1]


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2004 Renault F1 Renault V10 M AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA 105 3rd
Jarno Trulli 7 5 4 5 3 1 4 Ret 4 4 Ret 11 Ret 9 10
Fernando Alonso 3 7 6 4 4 Ret 5 Ret Ret 2 10 3 3 Ret Ret 4 5 4
Jacques Villeneuve 11 10 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top Gear Series 5, Episode 8 2004.12.19 - Renault R24 Formula One car segment.