Renault has taken the covers off the car with which it will contend in the 2019 season.
The car may be piloted using new signing Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, who remains at the French producer for a 3rd season. Renault finished fourth in 2018 — a spot which has ended up called ‘pleasant of the rest,’ given the performance hole among the front three and the midfield — and is trying to cut the deficit to Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull this 12 months. Renault hopes the R.S.19 is the car to do this. The team made a huge statement at some stage in the remaining year’s driving force market by securing Ricciardo’s signature from Red Bull. The Australian, who has received seven F1 races in 2014, is considered one of the exceptional abilities at the grid and, alongside Hulkenberg, completes one of the maximum gripping motive forces in line-united states in the new season.
The French producer has made no secret that it’s far going through a protracted-term venture returned to the front of the grid — it has focused wins in 2020 and 2021, which means a clean breakthrough this 12 months could be vitally crucial. The maximum seen adjustments to the automobile shown inside the rendered pics from the remaining years are mandated through 2019’s new technical policies, including a much more comprehensive, simplified front wing, smaller barge boards, and a better, more full rear wing. At its Enstone base on Tuesday, it displayed an automobile with the 2019 livery and front side at the crew’s release occasion.
Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul believes the group’s commitments to returning to the front of the grid are evident in the adjustments it has made to every degree of its operation. “When you walk around Enstone, you feel the passion and willpower to racing,” he stated. “The first section of the plan changed into regeneration — you may see pretty a great deal each unmarried location of the factory has been stepped forward, if not completely transformed, from wind tunnel instrumentation, manufacturing, milling machines, smooth room, race bays, every unmarried area progressed intending to compete at the equal degree as the high-quality.”
Engine chief Remi Taffin is confident Renault can begin cutting the overall performance gap this yr. “These policies are extraordinarily complex. We know and understand them and had time to install a region structure,” he said. “We have the structure, and we have the human beings now. Eventually, we can see the result of it.
“We have worked hard at the ERS [energy recovery system] and labored lots on the ICE [internal combustion engine]. “In 2018, we had been introducing a few new principles that proved to achieve success, and we have taken a number of them further down the street and into 2019. “The result is the exceptional wintry weather we have ever had.”