The French company have set a higher performance target for the upcoming season to the 2018 season.

Last year, Renault F1 ended the season in fourth place while in the previous two years (2016 and 2017) they came in ninth and sixth respectively.

The Renault team boss, Cyril Abiteboul seemed ready for another season and aims at doing better than the past years.

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The new 2019 car was revealed today. (Renault Official Website)

“We want to fight for more. We know it will take time.

“This year is consolidation. We want to reduce the gap to the frontrunners.”

Daniel Ricciardo joined Renault for the new season from Red Bull and will pair up with Nico Hulkenberg for 2019.

When asked to comment about his move to the French racing team, Ricciardo said: “It was a big decision for me and it certainly shook up a little bit of F1 and had quite a ripple effect on the grid. My intention wasn’t to do that. I was looking out for myself and I felt this was the right place for me for the next chapter of my career.

“The ambition is there – from ninth to sixth to fourth says it in itself – but there is no sense of complacency; there is big excitement and that motivates me.”

The team boss added: “We have the drivers. Then we want to target engine excellence, while we give a bit of time to (the factory at) Enstone to deliver a race-winning chassis.”

Renault have revealed that there has been a substantial improvement when it comes to the engine of the car, something that in the past might have forced them to underperform.

Engine boss Remi Taffin said it had been the “best winter for the last five years”, since the introduction of turbo hybrid engines in 2014.

 

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