01/02/2019

Renault ready to unveil 2019 F1 racer

Renault will unveil its 2019 Formula One car on Tuesday 12 February at its UK base at Enstone in Oxfordshire.
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The launch of the successor to its R.S.18 car – which took it to fourth in 2018’s F1 Constructors’ table – will come a week before pre-season testing gets under way at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 18 Feb.

This year marks Renault’s fourth season back in F1 and is significant for the Anglo-French squad.

It will go into the season under the new name of Renault F1 Team but, much more than that, it will want to take advantage of a change to the sport’s technical regulations (chiefly surrounding cars’ aerodynamics) and close to the gap to the sport’s ‘big three’, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

So much so it has lured seven-time grand prix winner, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, away from Red Bull to join its German driver Nico Hülkenberg.

Well before the completion of the 2018 season the squad was already well under way with the design of its 2019 challenger.

And in an interview with Autosport.com the team’s executive director Marcin Budkowski hinted at some large changes in store.

"It is always challenging to get a car with thousands and thousands of parts, and the only thing we carried over from last year's car is the power steering," said Budkowski.

"That gives you an idea that all the rest [of the car] is changing, and it is changing because we are trying to squeeze more performance from every area.”

 https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/141174/renault-2019-design-allnew-bar-power-steering

Bukowski was also asked about the development of Renault 2019 power unit which is being carried out at Renault’s famed F1 technical base at Viry-Chȃtillon, Paris.

He added: "We are very optimistic on the engine side, but the engine side is like the chassis side – it is never finished until you actually close the engine that is going to go to the first race.”

Notably, Renault’s engines will power McLaren’s car in F1 in 2019 (its drivers will be 2018 Renault team driver Carlos Sainz and British F1 rookie and former Formula Renault Eurocup champion Llando Norris).

Up-coming dates – Renault in F1:

18-21 Feb                  F1 pre-season test, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
26 Feb-1 March        F1 pre-season test, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

17 March                   Race 1: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne

31 March                   Race 2: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir

14 April                      Race 3: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai