This year marks 40 years since the debut of Renault in Formula 1, and Friday in Monaco, the French manufacturer has celebrated this event by presenting to the public its first F1 car.
Driving the world’s first car with a turbo – RS01 – was Jean-Pierre Gaboy, thanks to which the car talking a lot.
ABUY fizzled in the debut race at Silverstone due to problems with turbocompressor just 16 laps after the start. However, two years later, the Frenchman became the first winner in F1 at the wheel of a car with turbo, coming to the finish line first on the home track of Dijon. Its success has sparked F1 to a whole generation of turbocharged cars that have dominated F1 for decades.
Alain Prost also got in on Friday behind the wheel of his old car – the Renault RE40. In 1983, Simple won four races on this machine, a little yielding in the end in the fight for the title to Nelson Piquet at Brabham.
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