Introducing the team's 2005 challenger and driver line-up, Renault F1 Team Chairman Patrick Faure announced ambitious objectives for the coming season. The car that carries the team's hopes has been christened the Renault F1 R25. The vehicle project was co-ordinated at Enstone by Technical Director Bob Bell, with Chief Designer Tim Densham and his team working to minimise the initial performance deficit caused by changes to the technical regulations. The car features a brand new integrated electronic system, optimised packaging and detail design as well as an all-new V10 engine, the RS25. Development of the unit has been led by Project Leader Axel Plasse, under the guidance of Technical Director Rob White at Viry-Châtillon. The 72° V10 engine, designed for a reliability target of over 1400 km, features a significantly lower centre of gravity than its predecessor, and has not gained weight in spite of its doubled life cycle. With Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, the team also boasts a driver pairing to be measured against the best in Formula One.
Company press release, last updated on March 09, 2005
It was never doubted that Fernando Alonso was an excellent driver, but even so I feel it was still a surprise to see the Renault F1 team take both championships this year. Ferrari's struggles adapting to the aerodynamic rule changes certainly didn't help, but the lightning performance of McLaren-Mercedes made one think that Renault would most likel come in second to them. Congratulations to Fernando Alonso and the Renault Formula 1 team for finally breaking the dominance of Ferrari and Michael Schumacher!
I've nothing against Ferrari, in fact I LVOE Ferrari, but their dominance was even starting to drive ME nuts.