Renault F1 team reveals its auto, has big hopes for improved engine

Renault F1 team reveals its auto, has big hopes for improved engine

Renault's German driver Nico Hulkenberg (L) and their new Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo (R) pose with retired French racing driver Alain Prost (C) in front of the Renault Sport F1 RS19 during the 2019 Renault Formula One team season launch at Whiteways Technical Centre in Enstone, northwest of Oxford, on February 12, 2019.

Renault finished fourth previous year, 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.

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

The move prompted conjecture the Australian is putting money before results, a claim Ricciardo vehemently denies.

'Last year a lot happened and it was a big decision for me, ' said Ricciardo.

"It's the most productive winter we have ever had in terms of engine performance".

The vehicle will be piloted by new signing Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, who remains at the French manufacturer for a third season.

"So it is not anything in particular which I feel we are missing".

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The center console is a bit more rectilinear, and the 7-inch infotainment screen has been swapped out in favor of an 8-incher. The SUV also gets the Dynamic shield front design concept with a bumper created to express strength and toughness.

"It might not come tomorrow, I'm aware of that, but I don't think it's taking as much of a step back as it may seem on paper".

Ricciardo compared his situation to that of Lewis Hamilton in 2012, who announced he was switching from McLaren to Mercedes for the following season.

Renault may be forced to delay its planned shakedown of its RS19 on Saturday owing to the late completion of parts for the new auto.

Following on from last season's design, Renault have gone for a predominantly black livery with plenty of yellow detailing.

"I think realistically not as soon as this year (challenging for the title), but certainly the plan is to lay more of a foundation for that this year", he said.

As part of the event, managing director Cyril Abiteboul said the new auto was in bits at this stage, and with executive director Marcin Budkowski already stating time was tight to get the vehicle ready for the start of the first test, Abiteboul later confirmed the situation is: "Super-tight!"

"I am not going to be bitter if they beat us in Melbourne".