Renault claimed the midfield honours in 2018 – and they’ve now revealed that the successor to the R.S.18, the car that whisked them to fourth in the 2018 constructors’ standings, will break cover on February 12.
The car will be launched at the team’s Enstone factory in the UK one week before winter testing begins at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain on February 18, with the team now seeking to try and make in-roads into the dominance of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in their fourth season back in the sport.
The launch will be a significant moment for Renault, too, given that one of the drivers pulling off the covers will be star-signing Daniel Ricciardo, who agreed terms to leave Red Bull and join Renault back in August, and who’ll partner Nico Hulkenberg in 2019.
Renault’s reveal date currently puts it at the head of the field for launches, meaning that as it stands, the Anglo-French squad will be the first to give F1 fans a look at their interpretation of the new aerodynamic rules being brought in for 2019, which include changes to the front and rear wings, as well as tweaks to items like the bargeboards and brake ducts.
The F1 2019 car launch schedule so far:
February 12 – Renault
February 13 – Racing Point
February 15 – Ferrari