Early launch for new F1 challenger
Renault will be among the first teams to launch its new Formula 1 car ahead of the 2020 season.
The team has confirmed its R.S.20 racer will be unveiled at an event in France on 12 February. The event will mark the first public appearance together of new team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Estebon Ocon…
Only Ferrari (11 Feb) is currently set to show off its new car before Renault with McLaren (using Renault engines) poised to reveal its 2020 machine a day later (13 Feb).
This year will mark Renault’s fifth consecutive season in the current era F1 and its 23rd overall in the sport (1977-1985; 2002-2010; 2016-present).
Anniversaries to watch for in 2020
This year marks a number of anniversaries in Renault Sport’s history in the UK.
It’s ten years since the launch of the much loved Mégane R.S. ‘Mk2’ which first saw light in ‘250’ guise in 2010.
A decade before that (2000) the Clio 172 – 32 of them in fact – formed the very first grid for the new UK Clio Cup race championship.
Go further back (three decades ago) to 1990 and one of its predecessors, the Renault 5 Elf Turbo UK Cup championship, was about to embark on its final season.
We’ll be taking a look-back at each of these – and more – in the coming months…
F1 team’s internal restructure
The Renault Formula One Team is undergoing a significant restructuring of its UK technical departments.
Notably, chassis technical guru Nick Chester has departed the team after 19 years of service (this started when the team was still Benetton in 2000).
He said: “I have enjoyed 19 years in a team with great spirit and have worked with an incredibly loyal and talented group of people.
“I am looking forward to a new challenge and wish everybody in the team all the best for the future.”
Meanwhile, the team has reportedly appointed former Ferrari and McLaren technical chief Pat Fry to its management line-up…
Winning season for Esports team
Renault Sport Team Vitality finished fourth in the 2019 F1 Esports Series Teams’ Championship.
The result was confirmed in a final event of the year in London and followed two wins and six podium results from 12 events during the season-long competition.
F1 Esports Series attracts close to 3 million on-line views per event.
Renault Sport Team Vitality comprises three drivers – Dutchman Jarno Opmeer and Germans Cedric Thome and Simon Weigang under the guidance of British team coach James Doherty.