R24 was Renault’s response to new rules. A transitional car, it helped Renault on the way to the world title in 2005.
Since Renault staged its Formule 1 comeback under its own name in 2002, it has made considerable progress. It took only until 2003 for Fernando Alonso to secure a first win for Renault, finishing fourth in the constructors’ world championship. New rules the following year required a single engine per Grand Prix race weekend. Seeking to improve reliability, Bernard Dudot introduced a narrower 72° V-engine block to replace the wide-angle 111°.
A race to the top
With its carefully designed aerodynamic design, R24 was now one of the highest-performance cars in the line-up with the experienced Alonso and Trulli at the wheel. They had to contend with a Ferrari team at its peak as well as BAR-Honda, who were coming good at the end of the season. Jarno Trulli still managed to clinch a superb victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, but left top spot to Jacques Villeneuve after the Italian Grand Prix. Renault’s third place in the constructors’ championship stood it in good stead for the world title it would soon lift.