Renault R29
Race Car
Category Formula One
Constructor Renault
Chassis Moulded carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque, with engine incorporated as a fully stressed member.
Suspension (front) Carbon fibre double wishbone, operating inboard torsion bar and damper units via a pushrod system.
Suspension (rear) Same as front
Engine Renault RS27 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8 with KERS, limited to 18,000 RPM, naturally aspirated, mid-mounted.
Power >750 hp @ 18,000 rpm
Transmission Seven-speed semi-automatic carbon-titanium gearbox with reverse gear.
Fuel Total
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza
Notable entrants ING Renault F1 Team
Renault F1 Team
Notable drivers 7. Fernando Alonso
8. Nelson Piquet Jr.
8. Romain Grosjean
Debut 2009 Australian Grand Prix
Races competed 17
Race victories 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Pole positions 1
Fastest laps 2
Designer Pat Symonds (Executive Engineer)
Bob Bell (Technical Director)
James Allison (Deputy Technical Director)
Tim Densham (Chief Designer)
Martin Tolliday (Project Leader)
Tad Czapski (Technology Director)
Robin Tuluie (Head of R&D)
Dirk de Beer (Head of Aerodynamics)
Rob White (Engine Technical Director)

The Renault R29 is a Formula One racing car designed by the Renault F1 Team, with which they contested the 2009 Formula One World Championship (originally as ING Renault F1 Team, then, following loss of title sponsorship from the ING Group after "Crashgate", Renault F1 Team). The chassis was designed by Bob Bell, James Allison, Tim Densham and Dirk de Beer with Pat Symonds overseeing the design and production of the car as Executive Director of Engineering and Rob White leading the engine design. The car was driven by Fernando Alonso, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Romain Grosjean.


The R29 was launched on 19 January 2009 at the Algarve circuit in Portugal.[1][2]


Initial testing was conducted at the Portimao circuit along with rivals Williams, McLaren, Toyota and Toro Rosso from 19 January 2009 to 22 January 2009. Nelson Piquet Jr. was scheduled to drive for the first two days, followed by Fernando Alonso on the final two.[3]

Nelson Piquet 2009 Turkey

Nelson Piquet Jr. driving the R29 at the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix.

Season review[]

Coming off a resurgent second half of the previous year, the team expected to be fighting for both the drivers and constructors titles. Instead, the car proved to be disappointing. Fernando Alonso scored all of the team's 26 points. In the hands of either of Alonso's team mates, the car was often towards the back of the field with Nelson Piquet Jr. and Romain Grosjean often failing to reach Q2. Unlike many other 2009 cars that began the year uncompetitively, such as the McLaren MP4-24, the R29 showed no sign of improvement throughout the season, and arguably became less competitive over the course of the year, despite Alonso's third place in Singapore, which was Renault's only podium finish of the season.


ING Group initially remained the team's primary sponsor, carrying over from 2008. However, in the wake of the Renault Formula One crash controversy, ING terminated their contract with immediate effect. Their logo on the car simply being replaced by the word Renault from the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix onwards. French oil company Elf Aquitaine was replaced as a team partner by Elf's parent company, Total S.A., adding red accents to the car's livery[4] There is still an Elf logo on the engine cover.

Complete Formula One results[]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
Fernando Alonso 5 11 9 8 5 7 10 14 7 Ret 6 Ret 5 3 10 Ret 14
Nelson Piquet Jr. Ret 15 16 10 12 Ret 16 12 13 12
Romain Grosjean 15 Ret 15 Ret 16 13 18



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