Renault has a long
and fruitful collaboration with the team in Enstone. This relationship
began in 1995 when Renault supplied engines to the Benetton team, led at
the time by Michael Schumacher. In the first year of the partnership,
Schumacher won the drivers' title and the team of Builders. After
retiring as an official engine supplier at the end of 1997, Renault
returned to the fore at Enstone in 2002, taking control of Benetton with
the creation of the Renault F1 Team.
has become the operational base in the UK for the chassis while
Viry-Chatillon remained the hub for motor activities. Under the banner
Renault, the team re-emerged as a dominant force, with Fernando Alonso,
who won one after world titles in 2005 and 2006. The decision to refocus
its activities around the F1 engine supply led Renault to sell a
minority stake to Genii Capital in 2009, before selling its remaining
shares in late 2010 the group based in Luxembourg.