Renault R25

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Not to be confused with the Renault 25 car.
Renault R25
Alonso (Renault) qualifying at USGP 2005.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Renault
Predecessor R24
Successor R26
Technical specifications
Engine Renault
Fuel Elf
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants Mild Seven Renault F1 Team
Notable drivers 5. Spain Fernando Alonso
6. Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Debut 2005 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
19 8 7 3
Teams' Championships 1 (2005)
Constructors' Championships 1 (2005)
Drivers' Championships 1 (2005, Fernando Alonso)

The Renault R25 was the Formula One car entered by Renault in the 2005 season.The car won both the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships in 2005, the first titles for any car racing with a French licence since the Matra MS80's triumph in 1969.[1]

During the season, the car turned out to be slower than the McLaren MP4-20 at numerous points, with the win tally being 8-10. Reliability and consistency prevailed in the end, with Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella taking the car to the last win and titles for a V10 powered Formula one car, marking the end of an era. This car also claimed Michelin's first (and also second-to-last) title since its return in Formula One, winning the title again with Renault (the R26 2006-spec car) in the 2006 season, the last for the French tyre maker. The R25 was the first constructors championship winning car since 1991 not to have been designed by either Adrian Newey or Rory Byrne.

Over 19 races, it scored 191 points, 8 wins, 15 podiums and was fully out of the points only once in 18 starts (not counting the United States Grand Prix where both Renault drivers, in common with all their fellow Michelin tyre runners, withdrew prior to starting).[2]

In Episode 8 of Series 10 of the BBC show Top Gear, presenter Richard Hammond drove the R25 around Stowe Circuit at Silverstone, completing two laps.[3]


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest laps)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points WCC
2005 Renault Renault V10 M AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN TUR ITA BEL BRA JPN CHN 191 1st
Fernando Alonso 3 1 1 1 2 4 1 Ret DNS 1 2 1 11 2 2 2 3 3 1
Giancarlo Fisichella 1 Ret Ret Ret 5 12 6 Ret DNS 6 4 4 9 4 3 Ret 5 2 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2005 Renault R25. Ultimate Car Page. Accessed March 23, 2012.
  2. ^ Renault R25. F1 Technical. Accessed March 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Top Gear" Episode 10.8 (2007). IMDB.com. Accessed March 23, 2012.