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SportRenault launches 2019 F1 challenger

20:50  12 february  2019
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Renault launches 2019 F1 challenger © Mark Thompson/Getty Images Sport Renault Sport Formula One Team Launch 2019 Car

The Renault F1 Team has become the latest outfit to reveal its 2019 car ahead of the upcoming Formula 1 season.

The French manufacturer showed off a similar colour scheme to its predecessor, maintaining the famous yellow and black livery that was used in Renault’s previous guise in the 1970s and 80s.

Renault continued its climb towards the front end of the grid since its return to F1 in 2016 with a fourth-place finish in last year, with the task set on closing the gap to the top three teams in the R.S.19.

“Launching all these projects while participating in the championship was an incredible challenge, as was getting the major points finished,” said team principal Cyrl Abiteboul.

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“The final commissioning of the investments was a tremendous achievement and I’m impressed by how everyone has taken to the task.

“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.”

Abiteboul stressed he was not setting any specific targets for Renault to aim for this season but is keen to see an upward trajectory in performance.

“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.

“Engine excellency will be our priority in Viry while the structure now in place in Enstone strives to improve the competitiveness of the chassis, season after season.”

McLaren launches MCL34 for 2019 season

McLaren launches MCL34 for 2019 season McLaren is the latest team to remove the covers off its 2019 car as it unveiled the MCL34 in front of a select group of media and fans at its base in Woking. The British outfit has endured a seven-year barren run without a victory and five years with no podium finish as it enters its second year with engine suppliers Renault. The predecessor – the MCL33 – was on average the second-slowest car on the grid last season, with McLaren struggling to a modest sixth in the constructors’ championship. The 2019 challenger dons the eye-catching papaya orange and blue colour scheme, and the team is keen on beginning a resurgence towards competing at the front of the grid.

Renault launches 2019 F1 challenger © Mark Thompson/Getty Images Sport Mark Thompson/Getty Images Sport

Nico Hulkenberg remains at the Enstone-based outfit for a third campaign, the German will have a third different team-mate in the shape of seven-time grand prix winner Daniel Ricciardo, who joins from Red Bull.

Speaking at the launch of the R.S.19, Ricciardo said: “Renault has a massive history in motorsport, so to be part of the next step of their Formula 1 journey is an exciting challenge.

“I’m here to do a job on track and drive as fast as possible, but I would like to bring the team energy. I want to put a spring in everyone’s step because that’s part of my job and also my character.

“I aim to be able to get the team to work that extra bit harder, put in more effort and rally everyone together. I’d like to be a catalyst for positive energy.

“Everything I learnt in 2018 will make me a better version of myself in 2019. The difference will be a more mature person.

“I have more clarity of where I’m going and I aim for that to be shown with good results on track. I feel a lot of positive pressure and expectation to do good things, but that’s something I’m looking forward to taking on.”

Renault buoyed by 'same page' Ricciardo/Hulkenberg feedback.
Daniel Ricciardo says his working relationship with new team-mate Nico Hulkenberg is sure to benefit Renault’s 2019 campaign as they’re both on the “same page” with what they want from the car. Ricciardo completed his first week as an official Renault driver during the opening four days of pre-season testing in Barcelona last week since leaving Red Bull at the end of last year. The Australian hopes to boost the French outfit’s competitiveness by helping it draw closer to the top three teams this season, and has already noticed his feedback is very similar to that of Hulkenberg’s in testing.

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