Twitter reacts to Renault's 2019 livery launch

Renault F1 car launch: French team aim to close gap with top three

Renault finished fourth a year ago, still a long way behind reigning champions Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, but with its engines winning four races in the back of the latter team's cars.

The team revealed its livery for the new season on 2018-specification vehicle at its factory in Enstone today and also presented renderings of how its finished auto will look.

Renault hopes the R.S.19 is the auto to do that. The Australian joins the team after a highly-publicised move from Red Bull where he spent a decade as a driver through the junior ranks and into F1.

"In Viry it has been a bit more tactical, some recruitment here or there, some equipment we will be commissioning in a few weeks, a brand new state-of-the-art dyno fully compatible with the 2021 regulations, plus a new building venture that should come out of the ground in 2020".

The most visible changes to the auto shown in the rendered images from last year's are those mandated by 2019's new technical regulations, including a wider, simplified front wing, smaller barge boards and a higher, wider rear wing.

Renault is the fourth Formula 1 team to show off its 2019 colors, launching the R.S.19 at team headquarters in the United Kingdom on Tuesday.

"When you walk around Enstone you feel the passion and dedicated to racing".

Abiteboul said progress on the engine over the European winter had been "substantial".

"These regulations are extremely complex".

Ricciardo will get behind the wheel of the new Renault for the first time when pre-season testing takes place in Catalonia. "We have the structure and we have the people now".

"We have worked hard on the ERS [energy recovery system] and worked a lot on the ICE [internal combustion engine]".

"It is very much new, and it is just pushing further the concept that we introduced and tested successfully with Red Bull - the C-spec that we elected not to run", he said.

"I think next year we will have to be a bit more conservative because it's not performance it's also reliability".

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