Renault celebrates its 40th anniversary in Formula One in 2017, and will bring the RE40 F1 car to the Monaco GP. Here’s the time TG drove it…
You join me mid-spin aboard Alain Prost’s 1983 Renault RE40 Formula One car. As yet, I haven’t worked out exactly what went wrong, but, to be honest, analysis of what caused me to be pirouetting down a hill on the Dijon-Prenois race track is not high on my priority list right now. Don’t stall, don’t stall.
Stalling would be ignominious. They’d have to send a crew out to restart me on the circuit. Some Frenchmen would shake their heads and wonder why on earth they’d let me drive this priceless slice of their racing history in the first place. I already know they’ll have heard. In fact, I suspect old men playing boules three villages away will have heard. An old turbo F1 car can’t be criticised for its lack of noise, and tyres this wide do not slide quietly.
Photography: Rowan Horncastle