The Yellow Teapot returns to Silverstone
Renault is celebrating 30 years of glory since 1977, when Jean-Pierre Jabouille raced his RS01 monopost , and obtained the victory at the British Grand Prix .For this moment a car matching the same colours as the original RS01 from 1977, was created and will be used at Silverstone race track.
Dubbed ‘The Yellow Teapot’ , RS01 has been a favourite with British crowds for three decades. Between 2000 and 2005, the car appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where the pilot René Arnoux drove the car on the famous Goodwood Hill.
In the ’70s, the RS01 beeing driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille recorded 5 finishes from 14 Grand Prix starts,Jean-Pierre scoring Renault’s first points in the 1978 US Grand Prix.The first pole position was obtained at the Kalami circuit in the 1979 at the South African Grand Prix.
The defining moment for turbo engines arrived, fittingly, at the 1979 French Grand Prix when Jabouille won the race at Dijon from pole position in RS11, a later evolution of the car, while Arnoux was third in RS12 after his epic wheel-banging duel with Gilles Villeneuve.
The other teams realised that the turbo engines used by Renault were the future in Formula 1 and stopped the French automaker and strived to follow Renault’s lead.
The RS01 obtained the name as the "ultimate fore-runner" to the modern Formula 1 cars.