Renault basks in race win glory

Renault returned to the top step of the Formula 1 World Championship podium as a manufacturer entry for the first time since 1983 thanks to Fernando Alonso's dominant win in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix

Renault basks in race win glory

The team's chief, Flavio Briatore, hailed his success as "a fantastic day for Renault" and promised that the next race win would not be as long in coming.

Renault, a multiple world champion as an engine supplier, returned as a manufacturer chassis/engine entry last season, having bought the Benetton team. Although it has received criticism for persevering with a radical wide-angle V10 engine, the benefits in chassis design terms played a part in its success at the twisty Hungaroring circuit.

"I think this finally confirms the improvement the team has made this year, and the promise we have shown all season," said Pat Symonds, Renault's executive director of engineering. "It is always good to win, but particularly so when it is done in such a dominant fashion, from pole.

"Before the race, I am sure many thought our strategy was too aggressive. I think we have vindicated our decision to come into this race with an aggressive frame of mind."

Briatore, who was caught puffing nervously on a cigarette on the pitwall in the latter stages of the race, said: "The feeling of victory is very good for us. Some people said we ran no fuel on Saturday and we proved them wrong. It was a very cool drive by Fernando - he was flying."

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