Renault F1 team reveals its vehicle, has big hopes for improved engine

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Renault's R.S.19 won't be seen until next week, when pre-season testing kicks off in Barcelona, although the digital renderings seen here are a first draft look at the team's 2019 auto. Having finished fourth in the constructors' championship last season - improving from ninth in 2016 and sixth the following campaign - Renault Sport Racing president Jerome Stoll says the next target is to challenge the top three teams for podiums this year.

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul believes the team's commitments to returning to the front of the grid is clear in the changes it has been making to every level of its operation.

Renault's 2019 charger will be steered by Nico Hulkenberg and new recruit Daniel Ricciardo who will be out to defend the French manufacturer's honorary title of best of the rest.

Ricciardo won twice for Red Bull previous year, but Renault are yet to secure a podium finish since they returned to the grid as a standalone constructor in 2016.

"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".

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"With the new facility, we have more in-house production capacity which allows us to be more time efficient".

"It (the step up in performance) is the biggest we have ever done since the V6 was introduced (in 2014)", the Frenchman told reporters.

"We will have to balance performance and reliability, but it's a game everyone is playing in modern Formula One", Abiteboul added. "That's what we're aiming to do. We've invested a lot in Enstone and we will be investing in Viry".

"I'd love to have a race-winning chassis this year, but even with the infrastructure in place it takes quite a long time to develop the technology into the vehicle", Chester said. "We know what we want to do and where we are going".

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