Renault takes covers off 2019 Formula 1 auto, the RS19

Renault takes covers off 2019 Formula 1 auto, the RS19

Renault have revealed their brand new challenging auto for the 2019 Formula 1 championship season, to be driven by Nico Hulkenberg and new recruit, Daniel Ricciardo.

Renault is the fourth Formula 1 team to show off its 2019 colors, launching the R.S.19 at team headquarters in the United Kingdom on Tuesday. "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".

Ninth in the constructors' title race on their return as a team to F1 in 2016, they improved to sixth in 2017 and fourth last season.

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

"I think next year we will have to be a bit more conservative because it's not performance it's also reliability".

Ricciardo has joined Renault from pit-lane neighbours Red Bull ahead of what is set to be another enthralling F1 campaign.

"But it is OK because we had enough information and feedback by getting it on the Red Bull".

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Renault has grown in numbers and spent heavily on equipment, bringing in new resources including two Breton 1500 matrix dynamic machine tools at around $1 million each within the a year ago.

"The added momentum of the Daniel-Nico partnership brings confidence to the team this season", said Abiteboul.

Staff levels at Enstone have reached 750, including contractors, with a further 450 in France working on power units at Viry-Chatillon. "We know them and understand them and had time to put in place a structure", he said.

"We have confidence that we have a good platform".

Ricciardo will driver alongside Nico Hulkenberg this year having replaced McLaren-bound Carlos Sainz.

That roadmap should see the team fighting for podiums next season, but Abiteboul is hoping Renault can offer a glimpse of its ambitions to its front-running rivals in the next ten months. "We want to reduce the gap to the frontrunners".

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