The Renault Sport Formula 1 team will mark the 100-day countdown to the return of the French Grand Prix with by staging demonstration runs in two of the team’s most iconic cars on the streets of Nice on March 11.

Team driver Nico Hülkenberg will pilot the Lotus-Renault E20 from 2012, which Kimi Räikkönen claimed his famous ‘Leave me alone!’ victory at that year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

While the E20 is not strictly a Renault – it was designed during the team’s Lotus guise and powered by a roaring V8 engine – it was significant for being the twentieth Formula 1 chassis design produced by the team since it set up its Enstone operations in 1992. The ‘E20’ moniker was a tribute to the contribution made by the facility and its personnel in the operation’s twenty-year history.

Joining Hülkenberg will be four-time Formula 1 World Champion and Renault special adviser Alain Prost, who will get back behind the wheel of the RE40 V6 Turbo which almost took him to the World Championship title in 1983.

The RE40 was Renault’s first carbonfibre chassis and Prost claimed a season-high total of four Grand Prix wins. One of those came on home soil at the Circuit Paul Ricard where the French Grand Prix will make its return on June 24 after a 10-year absence since its last appearance at Magny-Cours in 2008.

Image via Renault Sport

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Luke McCullough

Journalist at MotorsportM8
Melbourne based and Australian Grand Prix enthusiast with over 10+ years of attendance.
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