Renault’s 2020 Formula 1 car has finally been fully revealed as it made its public debut on the opening morning of pre-season testing at Barcelona.

Unlike its rivals, the French manufacturer did not launch a physical car and instead opted to release teaser digital renderings of its RS20 design.

Renault took part in a private shakedown run on Monday at the Spanish Grand Prix venue to complete one of its two permitted filming days, though it was not fully seen in public until the morning of the first winter test on Wednesday.

The returning Esteban Ocon was the first to sample Renault’s new machinery on Wednesday as it emerged from the garage in a sleek all-black ‘stealth’ livery.

Renault confirmed that the blacked-out livery was only for testing and that it would revert to its usual black-and-yellow colourscheme ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15.

Renault’s latest F1 car features some interesting design concept evolutions compared to its 2019 predecessor, including an eye-catching slim nose and tighter bodywork.

Ocon will complete the opening morning of running for Renault before teammate Daniel Ricciardo takes over for the afternoon session behind the wheel of the RS20.

Renault is looking to return to the head of the midfield pack this season after a disappointing 2019 campaign in which it slipped to fifth place in the constructors’ championship, having been beaten by its customer team McLaren.

Renault revealed a glimpse of its actual 2020 livery in a video shared on social media from its filming day. 

 

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