Renault name returned to F1 as a team after an absence of over 15 years. On 16 March 2000, Renault purchased Benetton Formula Limited for $120 million, to return to Formula One. Renault continued to use the Benetton constructor name for the 2000 and the 2001 seasons, with the Renault name returning in 2001 as an engine brand. As it was stated unofficially in the press, due to marketing reasons Renault will not race under its own name until the car is ready to win. So the team decided that time came in 2002. R202 was designed by Mile Gascoyne and was powered by mid-mounted 3.0 litre V10 engine with unusual angle (111°) between cylinders’ blocks. It was over 20 degrees wider than the competitors’ engines. This wider V angle resulted in a lower centre of gravity, improving the car’s handling. The Renault’s drivers lineup for 2002 was Jenson Button, who continued with the team for the second year, and Jarno Trulli, who came from Jordan. The car was quite competitive and drivers regularly scored some points but failed to finish above 4th place. The time of victories has not come yet.
|Jenson Button||15||Mild Seven Renault F1 Team|