The Renault R.S.20 is a Formula One car designed by the Renault F1 Team to compete in the 2020 Formula One World Championship.[3]

Renault R.S.20
An R.S.20, driven by Daniel Ricciardo at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix.
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Nick Chester (Chassis Technical Director)
Naoki Tokunaga (Chief Transformation Officer)
Matthew Harman (Engineering Director)
Martin Tolliday (Chief Designer)
Simon Virrill (Project Leader)
Dirk de Beer (Head of Aerodynamics)
James Rodgers (Chief Aerodynamicist)
PredecessorRenault R.S.19
SuccessorAlpine A521
Technical specifications[1][2]
EngineMecachrome-built and assembled Renault E-Tech 20 1.6 L (98 cu in) direct injection V6 turbocharged engine limited to 15,000 RPM rear mounted
TransmissionRenault 8-speed + 1 reverse semi-automatic sequential
Weight743 kg (1,638 lb) with driver, ballast and camera
FuelBP Ultimate
TyresPirelli P Zero (dry),
Pirelli Cinturato (wet)
Competition history
Notable entrantsRenault DP World F1 Team
Notable drivers
Debut2020 Austrian Grand Prix
Last event2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The chassis was designed by Nick Chester, Martin Tolliday, Simon Virrill, Matthew Harman and Dirk de Beer with Marcin Budkowski overseeing the design and production of the car as executive technical director and Rémi Taffin leading the powertrain design.[4] The car was planned to make its competitive debut at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix, but this was delayed when the next nine events in were cancelled or postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][6] The R.S.20 made its debut at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. It was driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon in 2020.[7][8] Ricciardo scored Renault's first podium since it returned to Formula One at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, while Ocon scored his first career podium at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix.

Because of financial and logistical challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, an agreement was reached between the FIA and Formula One teams so that 2020 cars would be carried over to 2021, with development of certain areas of the cars frozen after the end of the 2020 season.[9] The R.S.20 was updated for the 2021 season and rebranded as the Alpine A521 after Renault rebranded its Formula One team under the Alpine name.

Development Edit

An R.S.20 in its test livery, driven by Esteban Ocon during the 2020 Formula One pre-season testing

The Renault R.S.20 is the last car to have been designed by Nick Chester during his time with the team. Chester was replaced as Technical Director in the 2019-20 off-season by former McLaren Engineering Director Pat Fry.[10] Peter Machin was replaced as Head of Aerodynamics by Williams' former chief aerodynamicist Dirk de Beer, who had returned to Renault after last working for the team in 2013.[11]

Complete Formula One results Edit


Year Entrant Power unit Tyres Driver name Grands Prix Points WCC
2020 Renault DP World F1 Team Renault
E-Tech 20
Esteban Ocon 8 Ret 14 6 8 13 5 8 Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret 11 9 2 9
Daniel Ricciardo Ret 8 8 4 14 11 4F 6 4 5 3 9 3 10 7 5 7F

Driver failed to finish the race but was classified as they had completed over 90% of the winner's race distance.

References Edit

  1. ^ "Formula 1 - Car". Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ "2020 Formula One technical regulations". FIA. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  3. ^ Herrero, Daniel (20 March 2020). "Formula 1's new regulations delayed until 2022". Speedcafe. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  4. ^ "R.S.20".
  5. ^ Coch, Mat (13 March 2020). "Confirmed: F1 cancelled at Australian Grand Prix". Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix postponed". 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ "F1 2020 - driver line-up so far…". Crash. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  8. ^ "F1 - 2020 PROVISIONAL ENTRY LIST". Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. 30 November 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  9. ^ "FIA reveals tweaks to 2020 Formula 1 parts freeze rules". Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Boost for Renault & Ricciardo". Auto Action. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  11. ^ Noble, Jonathan. "Renault makes ex-Ferrari/Williams man de Beer aero head in reshuffle". Retrieved 8 February 2020.

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