Renault takes covers off 2019 Formula 1 vehicle, the RS19

Tanya Simon
February 12, 2019

Renault was fourth in the constructors' championship a year ago, which was financially a valuable achievement, but the gap to Red Bull in the standings was 297 points.

Renault and Red Bull split at the end of previous year, leaving the French manufacturer with just two teams - their factory outfit and McLaren - while its former customers have switched to Honda.

Renault's chassis technical director Nick Chester says that while resources are now in place to deliver a auto capable of challenging at the front, it would be unrealistic to target wins in 2019. The team made a huge statement during last year's driver market by securing the signature of Ricciardo from Red Bull. "Now that we have got the infrastructure we can take more technical risk, that means we can do more development projects and that's how we get the bigger steps and that's going to help push us towards the front".

The most visible changes to the vehicle 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.

A similar livery to 2018 was unveiled at the team's updated headquarters at Enstone.

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

Stoll's comments were echoed by managing director Cyril Abiteboul, who says Renault is now in a position to deliver performance for drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo after a number of rebuilding years.

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"The first phase of the plan was regeneration as you have seen".

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

"These regulations are extremely complex".

"With the new facility, we have more in-house production capacity which allows us to be more time efficient". "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 (the step up in performance) is the biggest we have ever done since the V6 was introduced (in 2014)", the Frenchman told reporters.

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