After weeks of anticipation, Renault has finally revealed its 2020 car livery. After renders, camouflaged testing liveries and a ton of speculation, Renault revealed the R.S.20 to the F1 world. The French team has reverted to a traditional livery which has become a fan favourite.
Sadly, fans who liked the meaner, darker look of the R.S.20 in testing will miss the radical look. Renault has opted for their usual dual-tone design of black and yellow for the 2020 car. Additionally, the team has also taken a new sponsor onboard – which is prominently displayed at the front and rear wings. DP World has joined the French team as a title sponsor from the 2020 season.
Renault’s initial car launch was quite unusual. The team didn’t actually unveil or even present a car at its Paris event. Instead, the French team opted to release computer renders of its 2020 car. Soon, it became clear why the team went to such great lengths to conceal the R.S.20.
When Renault turned up at preseason testing, fans and F1 experts were by puzzled by the car. The 2020 challenger featured a completely revamped nose, which suggests Renault are employing a different design philosophy altogether.
The French team had a mediocre campaign in 2019. After finishing a brilliant fourth in the Constructors’ in the preceding season, Renault took a step back last year – finishing fifth. The Enstone outfit lost out to McLaren in the development race and ultimately, the rivalry as well.
The 2019 car was unreliable and inconsistent. Even a driver of Daniel Ricciardo’s calibre failed to unlock the R.S.19’s true potential. However, the French team may have resolved issues these issues in its 2020 car.
If testing is anything to go by, Renault emerged victorious in the reliability department. The team suffered no stoppages on track or problems while the car was docked in the garage. McLaren, who also use Renault power, didn’t encounter any major issues in testing. This is a positive breakthrough for the team as they’ve developed a reputation for making unreliable engines in the past.
With a new driver in Esteban Ocon and a successful winter test, Renault will be hoping to climb back up to the top and fight for wins once again.
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