The Renault R29 is a Formula One racing car designed by the Renault F1 Team, with which they contested the 2009 Formula One World Championship (originally as ING Renault F1 Team, then, following loss of title sponsorship from the ING Group after "Crashgate", Renault F1 Team). Coming off a resurgent second half of the previous year, the team expected to be fighting for both the drivers and constructors titles. Instead, the car proved to be disappointing. Fernando Alonso scored all of the team's 26 points. In the hands of either of Alonso's team mates, the car was often towards the back of the field with Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Romain Grosjean often failing to reach Q2. Unlike many other 2009 cars that began the year uncompetitively, such as the McLaren MP4-24, the R29 showed no sign of improvement throughout the season, and arguably became less competitive over the course of the year, despite Alonso's third place in Singapore, which was Renault's only podium finish of the season.
|Designer(s)||Bob Bell (Technical Director)|
James Allison (Assistant TD)
Pat Symonds (Engineering Director)
Tim Densham (Chief Designer)
Dirk de Beer (Chief Aerodynamicist)
|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.|
|Length||4,800 mm (190 in)|
|Width||1,800 mm (71 in)|
|Height||950 mm (37 in)|
|Axle track||Front: 1,450 mm (57 in)|
Rear: 1,400 mm (55 in)
|Engine||Renault F1 RS27 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8 with KERS, limited to 18,000 RPM, naturally aspirated, mid-mounted.|
|Transmission||Seven-speed semi-automatic carbon-titanium gearbox with reverse gear. "Quickshift" system.|
|Notable entrants||ING Renault F1 Team|
Renault F1 Team
|Notable drivers||7. Fernando Alonso|
8. Nelson Piquet, Jr.
8. Romain Grosjean
|Debut||2009 Australian Grand Prix|
Initial testing was conducted at the Portimao circuit along with rivals Williams, McLaren, Toyota and Toro Rosso from 19 January 2009 to 22 January 2009. Nelson Piquet, Jr. was scheduled to drive for the first two days, followed by Fernando Alonso on the final two.
ING Group initially remained the team's primary sponsor, carrying over from 2008. However, in the wake of the Renault Formula One crash controversy, ING terminated their contract with immediate effect. Their logo on the car simply being replaced by the word Renault from the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix onwards. French oil company Elf Aquitaine was replaced as a team partner by Elf's parent company, Total S.A., adding red accents to the car's livery There is still an Elf logo on the engine cover.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2009||ING Renault F1 Team||Renault RS27 V8||B||AUS||MAL||CHN||BHR||ESP||MON||TUR||GBR||GER||HUN||EUR||BEL||ITA||SIN||JPN||BRA||ABU||26||8th|
|Nelson Piquet, Jr.||Ret||15||16||10||12||Ret||16||12||13||12|
- "Renault F1 R29 Technical Specifications". Renault F1 Team Official Website. Retrieved 2009-11-01.[dead link]
- "Renault F1 RS27 Technical Specifications". Renault F1 Team Official Website. Retrieved 2009-11-01.[dead link]
- "Renault and Williams debut new cars in Portugal". formula1.com. 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- "Renault unveil the new R29". autosport.com. 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- "R29 breaks cover in Portugal". ing-renaultf1.com. 2009-01-19. Archived from the original on 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- "F1 : Renault set to unveil the R29". F1-Live.com. 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
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