Prior to the start of the off-season testing period in Formula One this winter, Renault F1 Team made a couple of huge announcements. First, it revealed its R30, the new single-seater for the 2010 F1 season. Secondly, the team confirmed that Russian driver Vitaly Petrov would be Robert Kubica's teammate for the new campaign.
The R30 will not have the ING logos and colors on it for the 2010 season, as this sponsor has abandoned the team following last year's crash-gate. As a result, the new car will get Renault's classic black-and-yellow sports livery (similar to the one Renault debuted in F1 more than 3 decades ago).
Renault designers also opted for a shark fin engine cover for the R30, presented to the media by McLaren and BMW Sauber recently.
For this Renault car, the engine cover doesn´t go all the way back to the rear wing, but stops a few centimeters from it. It's also notable that Vitaly Petrov becomes the first Russian driver to ever enter Formula One.
Renault F1 team manager Eric Boullier confirmed the GP2 Series runner-up as the team's official race driver for the 2010 season.
With the establishment of new aero regulations, the new R30 – blending evolution and revolution – is now more graceful and even more appealing than its predecessor. For instance, Renault implemented a major revision on the rear of the R30 to enable it to take full advantage of the 'double-decker' diffusers introduced last year.
Renault also made revisions on the architecture of the chassis to pave way for the installation of a larger fuel tank in order to comply with the new rules banning refueling. During the presentation, Eric Boullier commended the team for being able to deliver the new R30 just in time for the first test.
He quipped that the team has been working hard over the winter just to make it sure that it would start the new season in the best shape possible. He described the new R30 as a competitive, strong and reliable race car, adding that the team chose to embark on an aggressive development strategy throughout the season.
Boullier said that the Renault F1 team is now all set for the first test to determine whether the R30 could dish out the performance expected from it. Team drivers Vitaly Petrov and Robert Kubica are looking forward to driving their new car. According to Kubica, the Renault F1 team has been working on the new R30 for a long time and is now moving in the right direction.
He remarked that the team needs to maximize the winter tests to continue their momentum and improvements on the new car. Kubica added that their primary goal is to make the R30 easy to drive since new F1 rules favor race cars that are not too sensitive, which is why the team requires a new car that consistently performs in a wide range of conditions.
Petrov, meanwhile, described the new R30 as stunning, adding that its colors are reminiscent of Renault's F1 history.