Renault R30

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Renault R30
Kubica Bahrain Grand Prix 2010 (cropped).jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Renault
Designer(s) James Allison (Technical Director)
Tim Densham (Chief Designer)[1]
Dirk de Beer (Head of Aerodynamics)[1]
Predecessor R29
Successor R31
Technical specifications[2][3]
Chassis Moulded carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque, with engine incorporated as a fully stressed member
Suspension (front) Carbon fibre double wishbone, operating inboard torsion bar and damper units via a pushrod system
Suspension (rear) As front
Engine Renault RS27-2010 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8, limited to 18,000 RPM naturally aspirated mid-mounted
Transmission Seven-speed semi-automatic titanium gearbox with reverse gear "Quickshift" system
Weight 620 kg (1,367 lb) (including driver)
Fuel Total
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza
OZ Wheels (front and rear): 13"
Competition history
Notable entrants Renault F1 Team
Notable drivers 11. Poland Robert Kubica
12. Russia Vitaly Petrov
Debut 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
19 0 0 2

The Renault R30 was a Formula One motor racing car designed and built by Renault for the 2010 season, and was driven by Robert Kubica and rookie Vitaly Petrov. The car was unveiled on January 31, 2010 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.[4]

At the Belgian Grand Prix, Renault introduced the F-duct on the R30,[5] having been postponed since Silverstone due to inefficiency.[6]

Vitaly Petrov retired from the Malaysian Grand Prix with an engine failure; his third consecutive retirement.

2010 Season[edit]

It was immediately obvious that the R30 was more competitive than the R29. Robert Kubica enjoyed a string of strong finishes early in the year and Renault established themselves as the main rivals of Mercedes for 4th in the Constructor's Championship. However, Renault had to settle for 5th by season's end but Kubica's and Vitaly Petrov's double-points-finish in the final race of the year capped off what was an encouraging season for the team which struggled so sorely in 2009.

Pirelli Test Car[edit]

A complete chassis was leased to Pirelli for the 2012 Formula One season, to be used by the tyre manufacturer as its test car. The car was tested by Jaime Alguersuari and Lucas di Grassi at several European racetracks, including Jerez, Spa, Monza and Barcelona.

The chassis will continue to be used during the 2013 Formula One season.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points WCC
2010 Renault F1 Team Renault RS27 V8 B BHR AUS MAL CHN ESP MON TUR CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR BRA ABU 163 5th
Kubica 11 2 4 5 8 3 6 7 5 Ret 7 Ret 3 8 7 Ret 5 9 5
Petrov Ret Ret Ret 7 11 13 15 17 14 13 10 5 9 13 11 Ret Ret 16 6

Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed >90% of the race distance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cooper, Adam (2010-02-04). "Renault R30". Autosport 199 (5): pp. 64–67. 
  2. ^ "Renault F1 R30 Technical Specifications". renaultf1.com. Renault F1. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Renault F1 RS27 Technical Specifications". renaultf1.com. Renault F1. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  4. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2010-01-31). "Renault reveals the R30, confirms Petrov". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  5. ^ English, Steven; Noble, Jonathan (2010-08-30). "Renault delighted by F-duct performance". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ "No F-Duct For Renault". PaddockTalk.com (Paddock Talk). 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 

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