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Front wing

The most important part of a Formula 1 car. It is the first part of the car to meet the air, and as such it plays a crucial role in defining the air flows around the vehicle. The downforce it produces enables to single-seater to carry high speed through the corners and to brake far later than any other car.


Developed and produced by the FIA, its objective is to repel any flying object that could become a threat to the safety of the driver and the most exposed part of its body: the head. It is the first system of its kind in Formula 1 and it grants an unprecedented level of safety.


The word ‘engine’ falls short when it comes to define the high-technologic power-trains of modern Formula 1 cars. The term ‘power-unit’ is more appropriate. In this case, it embodies a Renault V6 Turbo 1.6 litre engine together with a hybrid system that utilizes the heat of the exhaust (MGU-H) and the energy recovered under braking (MGU-K). It also includes an Electric Control Unit and batteries.


Tyres are the only part of the car in contact with the track-surface. The front-end ones have a diameter of 305 millimetres. The rear ones, of 405. There are seven different compounds for dry conditions that vary in terms of durability and grip: superhard, hard, medium, soft, supersoft, ultrasoft and hypersoft. There are two wet compounds.

Carlos Sainz’s background with Renault

Carlos Sainz’s story has been intertwined with Renault’s since his early steps in single-seater racing, although he already knew the brand from the days when his father competed in the Spanish Rally Championship. Carlos’ first encounter with a Renault F1 car happened in the 2005 Spanish GP, when as a kid he sat at the wheel of a R25. As a driver, he won the 2011 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC in his rookie year and then in 2014 he was crowned champion of the Formula Renault 3.5, sealing his promotion to Formula 1, where he has achieved his greatest successes to the moment with Renault-powered cars.


Renault's relationship with auto racing dates back to the early-dawn of motor-racing, as it was a Renault AK car the one to claim the victory in the first Grand Prix race ever (France, 1906). In 1977, the team entered the Formula 1 World Championship with the first-ever turbo engine, which was copied by its rivals. Since then, Renault technology has won 12 Constructors' titles and 11 Drivers'. Now, it returns with its very own factory team to enrich its already magnificent racing record.