The R26 brought second consecutive Driver’s Championship title to Fernando Alonso and second Constructors tittle to Renault as well. Alonso won six of the first nine races and finished no lower than second to lead the championship with 84 out of a possible 90 points. Then at the German Grand Prix the FIA decided to ban all the teams from using tuned mass dampers in their car. The tuned mass damper also known as a harmonic absorber, is a device that is attached to structures in order to reduce the strength of vibrations passing through them. It was invented by Renault engineer Rob Marshall, and Renault had designed their whole car around the technology. Meanwhile, their competitors had just included the technology as an after-thought after seeing Renault’s implementation. Without damper the R26 lost round 0.3 seconds a lap. Alonso and Michael Schumacher, who drove for Ferrari, were tied on points entering the season’s penultimate round, the Japanese Grand Prix. Alonso won the race as Schumacher retired due to an engine failure whilst leading, and at the final round in Brazil Fernando’s second position secured him the Championship.
|Fernando Alonso||1||Mild Seven Renault F1 Team|