Renault reveal new R.S.19 2019 F1 car and livery

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

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

"Renault has a massive history in motorsport, so to be part of the next step of their Formula 1 journey is an exciting challenge", said Ricciardo. "Then we want to target engine excellence, while we give a bit of time to (the factory at) Enstone to deliver a race-winning chassis".

Renault's engine trailed the units of Mercedes and Ferrari previous year and was seen as the weakest component in Red Bull Racing's package.

Renault said there had been substantial progress on the engine, a weakness in recent years.

"It's the most productive winter we have ever had in terms of engine performance". The team made a huge statement during last year's driver market by securing the signature of Ricciardo from Red Bull.

The acquisition of Daniel Ricciardo set off a chain of driver changes in F1, as along with Pierre Gasly replacing him at Red Bull, Kimi Raikkonen and Charles Leclerc swapped teams from Ferrari to Sauber and vice-versa, while rookies such as George Russell and Lando Norris will be making their debuts in 2019.

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"On the engine side, yes we've had some issues and one issue is too many", he said. We still have good reason to believe that we will be able to test.

The team will have to be more conservative with its development goals next year, Abiteboul added. So I think to a certain degree when when you are in such a situation you are a bit more complacent with milestone and internal planning.

Staff levels at Enstone have reached 750, including contractors, with a further 450 in France working on power units at Viry-Chatillon. We know it will take time.

The manufacturer's ambition was nonetheless underlined last summer when it acquired the services of Daniel Ricciardo on a two-year deal, with the seven-time Grand Prix victor joining Nico Hulkenberg.

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

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