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Renault reaches landmark with Vettel success
29 October 2012
Renault has reached another landmark in F1 after Sebastian Vettel clinched the 150th victory for a Renault-engined car in India.
The German stormed to his fourth successive victory at the Buddh International Circuit to help Renault to the landmark result, which was also the 45th using the current 2.4 litre V8.
Renault first entered F1 back in 1977 and took a first win in 1979 – with each Renault engine developed since then going on to secure multiple victories.
Vettel's win extends his record as being the most successful driver using Renault power in the history of F1, with the German having taken 25 of his 26 F1 wins with a Renault engine behind him.
Former F1 champion Damon Hill is second on the list, with 21 wins using Renault engines, with Fernando Alonso third on 17.
“With this win we reach the second milestone in two races,” Jean-François Caubet, managing director of Renault Sport F1, said. “After securing our 200th pole in Korea we now have a total of 150 wins from a little over 500 GP starts. That's a hit rate of 30% of all races entered.
“Everyone at Viry can take pride in the fact that every engine type we have entered – from the V6 to the open V10 and back to the current V8s has won multiple races and, in most cases, championships. It shows the strength and depth of the resources we have and our ability to adapt.
"We'd like to thank, once more, all our teams and drivers who have given us the opportunity to shine like this.”