How Renault got it wrong
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How Renault got it wrong

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Renault's F1 engine guru Remi Taffin talks to BEN ANDERSON about the French firm's 2014 shortcomings, its recovery plan and why this year's aim is just to get Mercedes back within range

A year is an eternity in Formula 1, and thus plenty of time to plummet from hero to zero.

At the end of the 2013 F1 season Renault was riding high. The French manufacturer had just won its fourth consecutive world championship double with Red Bull, plus 44 wins, 115 podiums and 53 pole positions across a spread of just 77 races as an engine supplier.

That's a success rate of 57 per cent over four seasons in terms of wins, and a phenomenal 69 per cent in terms of pole positions. In 2014, Renault won just three times (a 16 per cent success rate), and not once did its engine power a car to pole...

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