A quite different F1 car’s launch for Renault. In fact the R.S.20 wasn’t physically present during the launch event at the L’Atelier Renault on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, because, as Cyril Abiteboul explained, the car hasn’t been completely built yet.
However, the team revealed some “sneaky peeks” of the pre-season testing livery at the end of the event.
The presentation was attended by Cyril Abiteboul, the Renault Team Principal, Marcin Budkowski, the Executive Director, Alain Prost, the French former racing driver and Renault’s Special Advisor, and, of course, the two Renault Drivers, Daniel Ricciardo #3 and Esteban Ocon #31.
The new Chassis Director - Pat Fry - was also present at the launch and this was his first public appearance.
Afterwards, some statements emerging from the launch event:
Jérôme Stoll (Renault Sport Racing President) who wasn't there: “2020 is an important transition year for the team. We aim to recapture the positive momentum from our first three years since returning to Formula 1 while preparing for next season, which will represent a new cycle for all teams.”
Cyril Abiteboul (Renault F1 Team Managing Director): “This year must see us setting the best possible course fro the major regulation changes of 2021. The organisational changes made in the second half of 2019 are with this firmly in mind. We approach this new season with humility and ambition. Humility as the challenge is huge for every team, every coming year and we are not the exceptions.”
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team Driver #3): “I’m looking forward to blending into the team better on the back of having a full season behind us - so things are going to be easier in that sense. I learnt a lot about myself and obviously a lot about the team.”
Esteban Ocon (Renault F1 Team Driver #31): “It’s all about details in Formula 1 and I’ve seen quite a lot of details on the Renault R.S.20. It’s exciting to see the design but the next thing you want is to be behind the wheel and feeling what it’s like.”