Renault has unveiled the brand new RS19. The launch of the Formula 1 car took place at Renault's base in Enstone, England. Nico Hulkenberg and Cyril Abiteboul were joined by new signing Daniel Ricciardo on the presentation podium. The French team once again bring their yellow-black livery to the grid in 2019.
Renault is on the upward trend heading back towards the top of the world championship where they feel they belong. A five-year plan surfaced which detailed their steps to return to the top, where they stood with Fernando Alonso in 2005 and 2006. To shock the F1 paddock, they brought in Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull this summer and Abiteboul believes he is key to for victories within two years.
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.— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) February 12, 2019
Here is the 2019 Renault F1 Team challenger. Here is the R.S.19.
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Ambitions beyond best-of-the-rest
Finishing fourth in the constructors last season offers perspective, but the sought-after best-of-the-rest target is also high on the list of various rival competitors. Bridging the gap with the top three is the crucial next step, but it will demand even greater performance.
A fast start in the championship will be important. If the French can avoid getting dragged into a mid-table battle, they could start to be riskier when the updates roll in. And an important factor on how fast they start will be how they've interpreted the new aerodynamic regulations.
Following on from the launch, Renault will have a post-launch chat with Hulkenberg and Ricciardo at 14:30 on their own Facebook channel.
What the key men said!
Cyril Abiteboul: "When you walk around Enstone you feel the passion and dedication to racing.
"The first phase of the plan was regeneration- you will see pretty much every single area of the factory has been improved if not completely transformed, from wind tunnel instrumentation, manufacturing, milling machines, clean room, race bays, every single area improved in order to compete on the same level as the best."
Daniel Ricciardo: “Bonjour! Je m’appelle Daniel! I just wanted to learn French, that’s why I’m doing this”
Engine chief Remi Taffin: "These regulations are extremely complex. We know them and understand them and had time to put in place a structure."
"We have the structure and we have the people now. Eventually, we can see the result of it. We have worked hard on the ERS and worked a lot on the ICE [internal combustion engine]. In 2018 we have been introducing some new concepts that proved to be successful and we have taken some of them further down the road and into 2019.
"The result is the best winter we have ever had."