Just a year after all-Renault cars staged their Formula 1 return, Fernando Alonso won the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was a taste of things to come.
On August 24, 2003 Fernando Alonso crossed the finishing line at the Hungarian Grand Prix behind the wheel of a Renault car, ahead of Kimi Räikkönen’s McLaren-Mercedes and the Williams-BMW driven by Pablo Montoya. Alonso had performed flawlessly after earlier clinching a superb pole position. It was his first Formula 1 win at just 22 years of age. It was also Renault’s first win since it rejoined the Grand Prix circus in 2002. Throughout the season the Spanish driver and his team-mate Jarno Trulli notched up podium places. To bring the Renault cars on to a level with the top teams engineers and designers at the technical centres at Enstone in the UK and Viry-Châtillon in France deployed their full talent. Under the guidance of Jean-Jacques His the V10 engine evolved. Still very wide-angled and low-slung, its new design integrated it more effectively into the chassis. Special attention was lavished on reliability. The season’s successful outings confirmed that that the refined, elegant R23 was on the right track.