Debate: Will Renault win a race this year?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Heikki Kovalainen, Renault, Montreal, 2007It’s Renault’s home race this weekend but it doesn’t look as though a repeat of their 2005 victory is likely.

The team lies fourth in the constructors’ championships with 25 points. After seven rounds last year they led the championship with 91, 28 more than Ferrari.

Are last year’s champions going to end the year without a single victory to their name?

The introduction of Bridgestone control tyres this year has hurt Renault badly.

Last year on Michelins they were the pace setters for the first half of the season. After seven rounds this year they are yet to make it onto the podium.

The loss of word champion Fernando Alonso hasn’t helped. But the team’s technical strengths have also suffered – the days of Renaults making up positions off the start grid with superior traction are gone.

Giancarlo Fisichella has taken up the role of team leader, but having been further behind Alonso in 2006 than he was in 2005 questions will inevitably arise about whether the drivers are getting the most from the R27.

Rookie Heikki Kovalainen had a difficult start to the year, but with two good points finishes in the last two races, he may have made a breakthrough.

Can they score a victory this year?

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