The latest title is the second consecutive drivers’ championship crown for Vettel and comes after a long, but competitive season, during which the Red Bull-Renault partnership has, so far, scored 15 pole positions and nine wins thanks to an effective and reliable chassis-engine package.
The Red Bull Racing-Renault partnership started in 2007 when the RS27, Renault’s 2.4 litre V8 developed in Viry-Châtillon, was integrated into the Red Bull Racing team chassis. The RS27 powered Red Bull to fifth place in the constructors’ championship in the first year of the partnership.
With two years of collaboration under its belt, the Red Bull-Renault package started to pay dividends in 2009 with a debut pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix. Red Bull Racing’s first win also followed, with Sebastian Vettel securing the victory in dominant style. Five further wins and pole positions would follow that year, and Red Bull Racing-Renault finished second in the constructors’ championship.
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault, commented, ‘We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and all at Red Bull Racing. The partnership between Renault and Red Bull has grown very quickly into one of the most successful engine-chassis partnerships in Formula One and in Renault’s long history in the sport.’