Mark Webber's pole position in his Renault-powered Red Bull at Suzuka on Saturday in qualifying for this weekend's means that the engine manufacturer has now been behind a total of 209 successful bids for the top spot on the grid in the whole of F1.

That's more than any other engine provider in the sport's history, breaking a tie with Ferrari on 208 that was set after Korea last weekend.

"It is tempting to say this is just a number, but it is a source of immense pride for everyone at Renault," said Renault Sport F1 deputy managing director Rob White. "Since 1977 we have been able to consistently power cars to pole position, demonstrating not just the overall strength of the expertise within the group, but our ability to work with the teams to create fast cars.

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"Our ethos has always been to provide the means for the chassis teams to be able to design the best car they can, with as few compromises as possible," he continued. "We've kept this tradition from the very first V6 to the final V8 that will race for the last time just a few weeks from now.

"To get this record gives us even more motivation to maintain our success rate into the challenging era of the new generation 2014 V6 turbo," he added.

Renault has been a fixture in F1 since 1977 and its engines have appeared in 514 Grand Prix races to date with Renault providing the automotive power to the pole sitter on 40 per cent of those occasions. That compares to Ferrari's pole success rate of 23 per cent, and Mercedes' 28 per cent. Sebastian Vettel alone is responsible for fully one fifth of Renault's pole positions.

The company's first pole position was scored by Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the Renault RS01 at South Africa in 1979, and in total 50 of the 209 poles so far were won with the 1.5 V6 litre turbocharged engine that raced from 1977 to 1986, before the move to V10 power.

That's eclipsed by the success of the current era of engine specification, with the 2.4-litre V8 - which entered competition in 2006 - starting from pole a total of 62 times so far. Eight world champions have secured pole positions with Renault in what proved to be their championship-winning years, from Alain Prost to Nigel Mansell, with Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Fernando Alonso also among their number leading right up to the present day with Sebastian Vettel.

The company's best year for pole positions was in 2011 when 18 of the 19 races that rear were won by the Renault-powered RB7 championship-winning car. In total, Renault-powered cars have won 160 Grand Prix events, with seven drivers using the engine en route to ten drivers' crowns and 11 constructors' titles also being claimed.