The Renault Sport Formula 1 Team has launched its new challenger for the 2019 Formula 1 season, the R.S.19, at the team’s factory in Enstone.
The French marque is the third team to show its new car to the public following the Haas F1 Team and Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda, while ROKiT Williams Racing did not commit to launching the FW42 on Monday afternoon.
The R.S.19 keeps a number of characteristics to its predecessor while keeping in line with the new-for-2019 aerodynamic changes, including a larger simpler front wing assembly, a cleaner bargeboard configuration and a slightly raised rear wing structure. A tighter rear packaging effort and a more aggressive rake is also apparent.
The car is powered by a rebuilt Renault Sport power unit, after the manufacturer admitted that it had underestimated the development potential of the V6 turbo hybrid regulations released for the 2014 season.
Renault hope that the new power unit and car will help propel it closer to the top three of the Constructors’ Championship, having secured its first top four finish since returning to the sport as a works team in 2016.
Alongside retaining the services of Nico Hülkenberg for the third year running, Renault has bolstered its driver line-up with the addition of Daniel Ricciardo from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. The Australian joins on a two-year deal as he searches for a maiden world championship title.
There is no change to the team’s traditional black and yellow livery for 2019, with roughly the same colour ratios carried over from the R.S.18.