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Renault target top three in F1 with new vehicle

15 February 2019
Renault target top three in F1 with new vehicle

Renault has unveiled its 2019 Formula 1 package, the R.S.19, as it strives to break clear of the midfield and edge closer towards its long-term title goal.

Renault set themselves the target of closing the gap with the top three teams as they unveiled their 2019 vehicle at their Oxfordshire factory.

With its new RS19 having been revealed at its Enstone factory on Tuesday, Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul said he was particularly bullish about the progress made on the engine front.

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 team mate Nico Hulkenberg on the podium this year.

Renault has taken the covers off the auto it will contend the 2019 season with.

Recent signing Ricciardo, a seven-time Grand Prix victor, joins Renault F1 Team for his first season in yellow.

"Since 2016 it is pretty awesome what they have done, so to keep going in that trajectory, saying okay you got fourth last year you need to get third this year, it is not as simple because the gap to the top three is pretty big".

Abiteboul said that Renault engineers had built on the lessons of the C-spec that was raced by Red Bull a year ago, but the 2019 version was a new design.

Ricciardo announced his shock decision to quit Red Bull for their pitlane rivals way back in August past year.

"We are now becoming a big team", the Frenchman said.

And with Daniel Ricciardo now in the cockpit, Abiteboul says Renault has "perhaps the strongest" driver lineup of any team. "When I arrived, the infrastructure was still young, we've come a long way since then with a lot of progress". "I have more clarity of where I'm going and I aim for that to be shown with good results on track".

"Anyone can think what they want about the road map that we have defined, but I think it is already quite aggressive as a road map". They've worked hard over the winter and that is one positive that I've seen initially, the work ethic.

"F1 can bring you down, but that is also a sign for me that I f****** care, and I want to be successful", he added.