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Renault celebrates 200 pole positions
Saturday 13th October 2012, 13:19 by Ryan Wood
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Renault became only the second engine manufacturer to reach a double century of pole positions thanks to Mark Webber's stunning lap on Saturday in Korea.
Ferrari are the only other engine supplier to have exceeded 200 pole positions.
Managing director of Renault Sport F1, Jean-François Caubet, hailed the milestone and thanked all 22 drivers who have contributed.
"Reaching 200 poles is a milestone in our F1 history," said the Frenchman. "Looking back on our involvement in the sport, in the first years of the turbo I don’t think anyone would have thought we could reach this figure!
"Over time, the team in Viry has worked to develop each of the different engines produced, from V6 to V10, to make each as quick and reliable as they can.
"We are proud of our achievement and would like to thank all our partners and Renault-engined drivers who have contributed to this achievement."
Among those 22 drivers, eight world champions have taken pole using a Renault engine and six of those took their first ever pole thanks to Renault power including Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
Renault poles by driver:
Vettel: 33, Prost: 23, Hill: 20, Mansell: 18, Senna: 18, Alonso: 16, Arnoux: 14, Villeneuve: 13, Webber: 11, Jabouille: 6, Patrese: 6, Coulthard: 5, Schumacher: 4, De Angelis: 3, Trulli: 2, Fisichella: 2, Tambay: 1, Boutsen: 1, Frentzen: 1, Berger: 1, Alesi: 1, Maldonado: 1.
Renault poles by engine:
1.5 V6 Turbo (1977 – 1986): 50
3.5 V10 (1989-1994): 44
3.0 V10 (1995-97 and 2001-2005): 53
2.4 V8 (2006-2012): 53
Renault poles by team:
Red Bull: 44
Renault (France): 31
Renault (Enstone): 20