Renault had never come so close to winning the constructors’ championship as with RE40 in 1983, its best season during the turbo years.
1983: the rise in power
Renault had been edging its way up the World Formule 1 ranking since 1980. After a lukewarm start, Alain Prost achieved a glittering victory in the French Grand Prix. By now there could be no doubt as to the supremacy of the turbocharged engine, pioneered by Renault back in 1975. The French brand was up against very stiff competition from Ferrari, Brabham-BMW and Williams-Honda.
An achievement for the Turbo
Prost fought his hardest to stay at the top, claiming first places at Spa, Silverstone and Zeltweg, and earning podium positions at San Marino, Monaco and Brands Hatch. But though the 1983 season was Renault’s best in the turbo period, it had to make do with second place in the constructors’ ranking.