Renault F1 Team unveils the R30

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

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.

Press Release

The Renault F1 Team is delighted to announce that Vitaly Petrov will race for the team this season alongside Robert Kubica

The 25-year-old will become the first Russian to compete in Formula One when he makes his Grand Prix debut in Bahrain in March. He joins the Renault F1 Team off the back of a successful GP2 career having finished as the Series runner-up last season.

Renault F1 Team Principal, Eric Boullier, said: "This is a very special day for Vitaly and we welcome him into the team. As a rookie, we recognise that Vitaly will have a lot to learn this season, but his performances in GP2 last year were outstanding and confirmed that he is ready to make the step up to Formula One. With Robert alongside him, Vitaly has the perfect role model to learn from and I'm confident he will deliver on the promise he has shown throughout his career."

Vitaly Petrov added: "This is a great opportunity for me and I'm really looking forward to working with the team this season. I've always dreamed of racing in Formula One and so to make my debut with a top team like Renault is very exciting. The first race is just over a month away so I will make sure I spend as much time as possible with the team over the next few weeks so that I am fully prepared in time for Bahrain."

Renault F1 Team presents the R30 in Valencia

The Renault F1 Team took the covers off its 2010 challenger, the R30, today in front of assembled media at the Valencia circuit in Spain.

Renault F1 Team driver Robert Kubica was on hand to unveil the car and reveal the exciting 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.

After unveiling the R30, Team Principal, Eric Boullier, joined Robert and Vitaly for a photo call in front of the car, along with the team's Third Driver, Ho-Pin Tung, and Reserve Driver, Jérôme d'Ambrosio. Czech driver Jan Charouz will also be a Reserve Driver for the team this year but was unable to attend the presentation.

With stable aero regulations the R30 is a mixture of evolution and revolution, and 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 architecture of the chassis to adapt to the refuelling ban, which has required 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."

Both Robert and Vitaly were thrilled to see their new car and spoke of their hopes for the season ahead: "The team has been working on the new car for a long time and it's clear that we are moving in the right direction," said Robert. "Now we need to maximise the winter tests to keep up this momentum and continue improving the car. Our priority is to make the car easy to drive because the new rules favour cars that are not too sensitive – we need a car that behaves consistently in a wide range of conditions."

Vitaly Petrov added: "The new car looks stunning and the colours remind everybody of Renault's great history in the sport. I can't wait to drive the car for the first time and start working with the team."

The Renault F1 Team will remain in Valencia until Wednesday evening to complete the first pre-season test session.

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