Renault has revealed the R.S.19 becoming the fourth team to take the covers off their 2019 challenger.
The team aims for even more success in 2019 hoping to match or even overtake Red Bull Racing’s pace over the last handful of seasons and become at least the third fastest team. 2019 is apart of the team’s long-term plan to challenge for wins and titles for the 2020 and 2021 campaigns.
As Cyril Abiteboul – Managing Director of Renault F1 Team explained, now entering their fourth Formula 1 season since their return to the sport – Renault have significantly increased their workforce on human and technical front enabling them to improve dramatically since their freshmen season in 2016.
“Launching all these projects while participating in the championship was an incredible challenge, as was getting the major points finishes,” said Abiteboul.
“This shows in the momentum we have gathered – ninth in 2016 with eight points, sixth in 2017 with 57 points and fourth last year with 122 points.
“We go into this season aiming to keep this strong and measured momentum. We do not target x or y position or a number of points; what I want to see is that the team continues its trajectory of progression towards the top teams.”
“The added momentum of the Daniel [Ricciardo]-Nico [Hulkenberg] partnership brings confidence to the team this season, I believe we have one of the strongest – if not the strongest – driver line-up on the grid. Daniel brings proven race winning experience and knowledge of a top team.”
1977 to 2019. Every line. Every curve. Using the most advanced technology available, and improving year on year. Breaking new grounds. All leading to today.
Here is the 2019 Renault F1 Team challenger. Here is the R.S.19.
🎥 in partnership with @Microsoft#RSspirit pic.twitter.com/4axmZVAe0Y
— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) February 12, 2019
The 2019 livery remains mostly unchanged from last season as they welcome seven-time Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo to their lineup alongside Nico Hulkenberg in his third season at the French manufacturer team. Ricciardo’s shock move in August sparked a massive silly season with Carlos Sainz – formerly at Renault – moving to McLaren for the 2019 world championship.
Pre-season testing begins next week across eight days at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. It will be the first time the new yellow and black car will take to the track.
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