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The Renault R24 is a Formula One car that competed in the 2004 Formula One season. It was a car that showed speed and reliability during 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. Renault used 'Mild Seven' logos, except at the Canadian, French and British Grands Prix.
|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|
|Notable entrants||Mild Seven Renault F1 Team|
|Notable drivers||7. Jarno Trulli|
7. Jacques Villeneuve
8. Fernando Alonso
|Debut||2004 Australian Grand Prix|
The team became real contenders for second place in the Constructors' Championship. Trulli won the Monaco Grand Prix. 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[who?] 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.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
|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|
- Top Gear Series 5, Episode 8 2004.12.19 - Renault R24 Formula One car segment.
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