Renault is embarking on the 2010 Formula 1 season with new drivers and a new car and colour scheme
Renault’s F1 Team has taken the covers off its 2010 challenger, the R30, and begun pre-season testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain.
Robert Kubica was on hand to unveil the car in its new black and yellow livery – the iconic colours made famous by Renault in the 1980s. The team also presented Vitaly Petrov as Robert’s teammate for the 2010 season.
The 25-year-old finished as runner-up in the GP2 Series last year and becomes the first Russian driver to race in Formula One.
The team’s third driver is Ho-Pin Tung and Jérôme d’Ambrosio and Czech Jan Charouz will be the Reserve Drivers for the team this year.
With stable aerodynamic regulations the R30 is much more svelte and attractive than its predecessor. In particular the rear of the car has been considerably reworked to allow the car to make the most of the ‘double-decker’ diffusers that were first seen last year.
Changes have also been made to the chassis to adapt to the refuelling ban, which has meany the installation of a much larger fuel tank.
Speaking at the presentation, Eric Boullier praised the team’s efforts in delivering the new car in time for the first test: “We’ve been working flat-out during the winter to ensure that we begin the new season in the best shape possible.”
“The R30 should be a competitive, strong and reliable car, and we've opted for an aggressive development strategy throughout the season. Now we’re here ready for the first test and we’re all excited to see if the car performs as we think it will.”