It was only in 2002 that Renault returned to the track, making its comeback with a 100% Renault car: the R202. Straight away in 2003, Renault notched up two pole positions, four podium places and one win. The secret? A closely knit team and – above all – the arrival of a young driving ace: Spain’s Fernando Alonso.
That year, the charismatic young driver became the youngest Grand Prix winner in history at the age of just 22 years and 26 days! The alchemy between Renault and Alonso continued to work in 2005, when the team and its young protégé won both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ world championship titles. At the age of 24, Fernando Alonso became the youngest world champion in history.
After a nailbiting season, Renault managed to clinch both titles once again in 2006. After a low-key season in 2007, Renault had better times 2008 with two victories by Fernando Alonso.
At the close of a difficult year 2009, Renault restructured its involvement in F1 and sold a majority stake in the Renault F1 Team to Genii Capital, however still retained a 25% share in the team (the remainder of its shares in the Renault F1 Team being sold in end 2010).