F1 » Boullier: Podiums the goal in Renault's 'new era' in F1

Eric Boullier has welcomed a 'new era' at Renault F1 in 2010, as under new ownership the Enstone-based outfit bids to recover from a damaging and uncompetitive 2009 campaign in the top flight - and podiums, the Frenchman reveals, are the primary objective

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February 01, 2010 1:04 PM

The car itself doesn't look so great though. Where all the other teams seem to have opted for a high flat nose with the elevations on either side, Renault seem to have gone in a slightly opposite direction compared to their car from last year.

I think it's interesting how BMW and Renault had these stompy noses last year and it didn't work, yet now everyone is copying it (albeit with some bumps attached). Maybe the idea was alright but the execution was lagging. Now Sauber have gone even more extreme and Renault have toned it down.

Supposedly they have worked on this car for a long time, but so far I'm failing to see it...I guess we'll find out come Bahrein in 1,5 months.

Taz - Unregistered

February 01, 2010 1:16 PM

One thing about the paint job, it's heavily branded Renault and harks back to past F1.....they have sold the majority of their F1 operation and their CEO who dislikes F1 wants to distance the brand from F1 :rolleyes:


February 01, 2010 2:21 PM

Well, you have to put something on the car and since they only got Total and TW Steel (a Dutch watch maker, can't imagine they have the ability to come up with multi-millions) confirmed as sponsors so far they might as well use the extra space to slap on some Renault badges.

In a way, you could say Renault is really a sponsor of Mangrove/Genii/whatever F1.

Alternatively they might have put 'The Vyborg Rocket' or 'Vitaly' on the engine cover. Or something like Renault hearts/thanks Russia/China (Tung 3rd driver)...

Jumper289 - Unregistered

February 01, 2010 2:50 PM

Glad to see I'm not the only one that is cynical about Renault's driver lineup-two out of the 3 havn't got a snowballs chance in hell of making it onto the podium barring a massive pile up on the first corner which wipes out the front and middle runners but it's a good ploy to open up sponsors wallet's in the emerging markets

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