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TORONTO | Not only Renault wants to keep its fourth place won last year in the constructors ‘ Championship in F1, but this organization really want to be closer to the three teams, with cutting edge, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
The French team, which has returned to F1 three years ago, has maintained its progression, as evidenced by his harvest of points for his new school year : ninth in 2016 (8 points), sixth in 2017 (57) and fourth in the past year (122).
She wants more in 2019, which have been its main leaders during the presentation of the new colours of the livery 2019, Tuesday at Enstone, in England, a month before the kick-off of the new season in Melbourne, Australia.
Not ready for Monday ?
The Renault RS 19, however, has not been unveiled in its final form.
If the development of the car continues in its workshops, its designers were, however, tried to apply some elements of the new regulatory rules imposed by F1 this year, as the fins are wider front and rear.
According to some information disseminated by the website motorsport.com, Renault also seems concerned by the magnitude of work that remains to be done, at least one week before the start of the winter test.
“Currently, we are not sure what to roll on Monday morning in Barcelona, confessed to the managing director Cyril Abiteboul. We will be on-site, our two drivers also. For the rest, well, we’ll see. “
Ricciardo onboard, Sainz party
Renault is one of the eight stables (about 10) in F1 to have modified its duo of drivers for the season 2019.
If Nico Hulkenberg has retained its bucket, it will welcome a new team-mate in the person of Daniel Ricciardo.
His departure from the team Red Bull has not been without surprise. The Australian 29-year-old acknowledged, however, that he wanted to leave this formation, to which he owes everything to his rise in F1, by the end of 2017, hoping to find a steering wheel in a Mercedes or Ferrari the following year. But the call never came.
“I was disappointed in their lack of interest, said the winner of seven victories in F1. I needed a change of air, and I thought I had done enough of my evidence to attract one or the other.
“But, but, but he continued, I look forward to a new challenge at Renault, a team of great potential. “
Ricciardo takes the place of Carlos Sainz Jr, has been hired by McLaren to compensate for the loss of his compatriot Fernando Alonso. The latter has left F1 at the end of last season to focus on other motor sport disciplines, including the world endurance Championship.
We will also review in may at the legendary event of the 500 Miles of Indianapolis, where a victory would enable him to win the Triple crown.
He attempts to reach Graham Hill, the only driver in history to have earned, in addition to the Indy 500, the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of le Mans.
In the shadow of Verstappen
Ricciardo has probably made the right decision in leaving Red Bull, who placed more on his young sensation Max Verstappen, one of the most serious candidates for the world title in F1 this year.
As for Hulkenberg, in the hope that the new season will allow him to put an end to a sequence of 159 departures without access to the podium. An unenviable record that he holds in F1.
To his defence, he nevertheless concluded his best season in 2018, finishing seventh in the final standings of drivers.