Renault's season of false dawns

Renault's season of false dawns

With its star sidelined, confusion over its identity, its core design concept a failure and a mid-year driver switch not helping, 2011 was tough for Renault. Jonathan Noble heard the inside story from Eric Boullier

Robert Kubica and forward-facing exhausts. Those were the two elements that defined, and ultimately wrecked, Renault's 2011 campaign.

From the outside it was often hard to separate the importance of the two factors in unravelling the Enstone team's season – especially when, at the start of the year, Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld kept spirits high with those podium finishes in Australia and Malaysia.

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