Renault is the fourth Formula 1 team to show off its 2019 colors, launching the R.S.19 at team headquarters in the United Kingdom on Tuesday.

The French manufacturer returned to Formula 1 in 2016 and has seen a rise in performance in each subsequent season. The driver lineup for 2019 shows the ambition of Renault and the team's desire to bridge the gap to the top three teams on the grid. Retaining the services of Nico Hulkenberg for a third year provides an element of stability on which to build, but the addition of former Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo grabbed the headlines in the back end of 2018.

“Renault has a massive history in motorsport, so to be part of the next step of their Formula 1 journey is an exciting challenge,” said Ricciardo. “I’m here to do a job on track and drive as fast as possible, but I would like to bring the team energy. I want to put a spring in everyone’s step because that’s part of my job and also my character. I aim to be able to get the team to work that extra bit harder, put in more effort and rally everyone together. I’d like to be a catalyst for positive energy.”

“Everything I learned in 2018 will make me a better version of myself in 2019. The difference will be a more mature person. I have more clarity of where I’m going, and I aim for that to be shown with good results on track. I feel a lot of positive pressure and expectation to do good things, but that’s something I’m looking forward to taking on.”

Source: Autoweek

February 12, 2019