At last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, Renault set a new record that Ferrari won't take kindly and that's for the most number of pole positions held by an engine manufacturer. The French automaker now has 209, one more than that of the previous record held by the Scuderia. Renault, of course, is the engine supplier of Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull Racing team.
"It is tempting to say this is just a number, but it is a source of immense pride for everyone at Renault," said Renault Sport F1 deputy managing director Rob White. "Our ethos has always been to provide the means for the chassis teams to be able to design the best car they can, with as few compromises as possible. We've kept this tradition from the very first V6 to the final V8 that will race for the last time just a few weeks from now. To get this record gives us even more motivation to maintain our success rate into the challenging era of the new-generation 2014 V6 turbo."
Of Renault's 209 pole positions, 50 were won with the 1.5-liter V6 turbocharged engine, which raced from 1977 to 1986; 44 were won with the 3.5-liter V10 from 1989 to 1995; 53 with the 3.0-liter V10 from 1995 to 1997 and then from 2002 to 2005; and 62--so far--with the 2.4-liter V8 which entered competition in 2006.
The aforementioned 62 pole positions also means the Renault V8 has captured 44% of the available poles in the period that the engine has run in thus far.