Renault F1 managing director Flavio Briatore has said that he wants to see his drivers' continuing to battle at the front when the new season gets underway in Australia at the end of March.

The squad officially launched its 2009 season on Monday as the new Renault F1 R29 was unveiled to the world's media at the Algarve Motor Park near Portimao in the south of Portugal.

Both the team's race drivers, Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet, were on hand to take the covers off the car as they joined Briatore for a photo call with the R29 in front of the team's pit garage.

Romain Grosjean was also in attendance, having been confirmed as the team's third driver for 2009, as were the three latest recruits to the Regie's driver development programme, Davide Valsecchi, Charles Pic and Marco Sorensen.

With radical revisions to the sport's technical regulations introduced this year, the R29 incorporates a new design philosophy and looks very different from its predecessor.

'Great attention has been paid to maximizing the new rules and the team is optimistic about its chances for the year ahead', read a statement to the press.

"We began our preparations for the R29 project early and I am proud of what the team has achieved," Briatore added. "There are lots of new things to deal with this year, which could shake things up, but we intend to continue fighting at the front.

"We will now concentrate on our final preparations for the start of the season so that we can arrive in Australia hopefully fighting for the podium."

ING Renault F1 team president Bernard Rey meanwhile re-confirmed the Regie's commitment to F1 ahead of the new season.

"This team is the proof of the ability of the Renault Group to obtain results and success at the very highest level," he stated. "The team will therefore be supported by the whole Group throughout the challenges that lie ahead this year."

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