Renault launch 2019 auto intent on reeling in F1 big three

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The French manufacturer showed off a similar colour scheme to its predecessor, maintaining the famous yellow and black livery that was used in Renault's previous guise in the 1970s and 80s.

The manufacturer's ambition was nonetheless underlined last summer when it acquired the services of Daniel Ricciardo on a two-year deal, with the seven-time Grand Prix victor joining Nico Hulkenberg.

Renault have revealed their new auto for 2019, and they say that it could be one of their most competitive yet.

After notching 2 early wins in his final season with Red Bull, Ricciardo's year unravelled after the mid-season break which in part explains his decision to pursue a clean break and a new seat at Renault.

"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".

At the team's launch event at its Enstone base on Tuesday, it displayed a vehicle with the 2019 livery and front wing.

"It's super tight", admitted the Frenchman in terms of the race to have the vehicle ready for Monday.

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And that is because Max Verstappen can help the team as they look to improve their auto going forward.

"We do not target x or y position or a number of points: what I want to see is that the team continues its trajectory of progression towards the top teams".

"But there is probably an even bigger opportunity for me to race as hard as I have and pull-off some good overtaking moves, probably starting more in the thick of the pack".

"Everything I learnt in 2018 will make me a better version of myself in 2019". The difference will be a more mature person.

Cape Town - Daniel Ricciardo believes his "image and reputation should remain pretty strong" despite swapping Red Bull for Renault in the off-season. "It's the most productive winter we have ever had in terms of engine performance", the Frenchman was quoted as saying. "I feel a lot of positive pressure and expectation to do good things, but that's something I'm looking forward to taking on".

"F1 can bring you down, but that is also a sign for me that I f****** care, and I want to be successful", he added.

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