Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Renault takes covers off 2019 Formula 1 vehicle, the RS19

Renault takes covers off 2019 Formula 1 vehicle, the RS19

Renault's R.S.19 won't be seen until next week, when pre-season testing kicks off in Barcelona, although the digital renderings seen here are a first draft look at the team's 2019 auto.

Ricciardo and Hulkenberg will form an able partnership for Renault, and the team would be hoping that the developments made over the winter can help the team close the gap on the top 3.

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.

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

"When you walk around Enstone you feel the passion and dedication to racing", he said.

"We feel ready, we feel it is the right time to show you all what has been going on in the background of the last three years and are extremely proud of", said team boss Cyril Abiteboul.

Abiteboul added: "We have the drivers".

But Renault's solid line-up will be sparing no effort to reduce the yellow squad's gap with Formula 1's trio of front-runners, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

"Engine excellency will be our priority in Viry while the structure now in place in Enstone strives to improve the competitiveness of the chassis, season after season".

Renault said there had been substantial progress on the engine, a weakness in recent years. "That's what we're aiming to do".

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

Retired four times world champion and team special advisor Alain Prost, addressing staff before the launch, said he was impressed by the changes and hoped to see Ricciardo or German teammate Nico Hulkenberg on the podium this year.

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