Renault prepare to kick off its 2020 season

Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon in new Renault F1 Team merchandise 2020

Elements of Daniel Ricciardo’s new Formula 1® car will be unveiled on Wednesday, although the vehicle will not be present at the team launch.

Ricciardo will be flanked by new teammate Esteban Ocon at an event in France as Renault hope for a much-improved 2020 season.

In a statement on Twitter, Renault said: “We will show glimpses of the #RS20, however it will not be physically present at the event.”

Renault will not live stream their launch event - which begins at 11pm AEDT on Wednesday - but said they would be updating Twitter during proceedings.

“Daniel [Ricciardo] and Esteban [Ocon] will be there of course, as will our team principal Cyril Abiteboul, our executive director Marcin Budkowski, our chassis and engine technical directors Pat Fry and Remi Taffin and our special advisor Alain Prost,” the team added.

The arrival of Fry - who has worked with Benetton, Manor, Ferrari and McLaren – is seen as a major coup for Renault.

Fry was most recently McLaren’s temporary engineering director.

Renault dropped to fifth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2019, despite Ricciardo’s high-profile switch from Red Bull.

Ricciardo finished ninth in the driver standings with 54 points. Ocon, a former Force India (now Racing Point) driver, was a reserve driver for Mercedes in 2019.
Ocon replaces Nico Hulkenberg in the 2020 season.

Formula 1®’s pre-season testing begins in Barcelona on February 19, ahead of the much-anticipated season opener in Melbourne in March.

 

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