Since returning to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2016, Renault F1 Team has been improving continuously, as the results show: from 9th position in 2016, the team climbed to 6th in 2017, and finished 4th last year. Renault F1 Team, determined to push ahead, unveiled its 2019 action plan. A look back to this yellow-and-black day, as if you were there!
Since 2016, Renault F1 Team has been investing significantly in its Enstone (UK) and Viry-Châtillon (France) centers. In the UK, production capacity has increased, thanks mainly to new machine tools, a wind tunnel and a gearbox test-bed. These ultramodern facilities are backed by a recruitment campaign that increased headcount by about 50%.
Because excellence in F1 is also, and mainly, a human endeavor. The group spirit at Renault F1 Team is striking. All focused on a single goal: to go on improving.
Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo are the stable’s key motivators. There was a special spark of excitement at the 2019 season pre-briefing.
very warm welcome at yesterday‘s pre-season debrief.. felt good! 😍 pic.twitter.com/OsOlfiRDAg
— Nico Hülkenberg (@HulkHulkenberg) 12 février 2019
Where there’s a driver, there's a single-seater. Renault R.S.19, unveiled under the camera flashes and video lights, was the uncontested star of the day.
It's more aerodynamic, meeting the FIA's new standards. The single-seater car is as light as it can be, and its entire design has been improved. These achievements were made possible by the leading-edge equipment at the two Renault F1 Team centers and the people who work there. In addition, Nico and Daniel are both major assets in the design work; their significant race experience means they know which solutions let them go faster.
The engine is another major asset. Renault R.S.19 is fitted with the Renault E-Tech 19.
Let’s give the last word to Jérôme Stoll, Chairman of Renault Sport Racing:
"At Renault, motor sport is our passion. Our history in F1 has been almost uninterrupted for over forty years. This passion for F1 is a metaphor both for our combative, determined and resilient spirit, as well as for our progress through the ever-greater innovations that inspire this sport. Even though our passion must accept a good deal of realism, F1 still makes sense for Renault. It's a laboratory for the technologies that will be in our future production cars, as the engine’s new name, Renault E-Tech 19, shows. This is a truly awe-inspiring time to be part of this sport.”