Unveiling its 2019 contender, the RS19, Renault today detailed its plans to maintain its momentum in the Formula One World Championship.
The French manufacturer returned as a works team in 2016 and has made good progress each season, finishing fourth in last year’s Constructors’ Championship.
Taking the wraps off the RS19 at today’s launch were Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo as the French company underscored its commitment to long-term success.
“At Renault, we are passionate about motorsport,” said Jerome Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing. “Our history in F1 has continued unbroken for more than 40 years.
“Formula 1 is a show, a spectacle, pure entertainment,” he continued, “but it is also the highest level in motorsport.
“A passion for Formula 1 is a metaphor for fighting spirit, determination, resilience but also progress thanks to the limitless innovation that inspires the sport. But this passion has to be tempered with a healthy dose of reality. F1 makes sense for Renault; it is a laboratory for our future road going technology – as seen by the new engine designation – Renault E-Tech 19. It is a very exciting time to be part of F1.”
Since its F1 comeback three years ago, Renault has invested heavily across its technical facilities in Enstone and Viry-Chatillon.
At Enstone, the team has significantly increased production capabilities, with upgraded machine tools, including two new Breton machines, wind tunnel, gearbox dyno, enlarged design office and state-of-the-art race operations room. Its workforce has also grown by around 50% since 2016.
At Viry, a newly refurbished dyno has just been commissioned and will be used throughout the season to develop the power unit, while an ambitious building programme to house new engine assembly bays, reliability departments and an automated stores department has recently started, due for completion next year.
With a solid foundation of technical and human resources in place, Cyril Abiteboul, outlined the team’s aim to keep this momentum going into 2019.
“Launching all these projects while participating in the championship was an incredible challenge,” he said, “as was getting the major points finished. The final commissioning of the investments was a tremendous achievement and I’m impressed by how everyone has taken to the task.
“This shows in the momentum we have gathered,” he continued, “ninth in 2016 with eight points, sixth in 2017 with 57 points and fourth last year with 122 points. We go into this season aiming to keep this strong and measured momentum.
“We do not target x or y position or a number of points,” he insisted, “what I want to see is that the team continues its trajectory of progression towards the top teams. 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.”
Abiteboul also explained the extra motivational factor of the new driver line-up.
“The added momentum of the Daniel-Nico partnership brings confidence to the team this season. I believe we have one of the strongest – if not the strongest – driver line-up on the grid. …read more
Source:: Daily times