Daniel Ricciardo reveals demand to team-mates as Renault unveil new car for 2019 F1 season | F1 | Sport

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Ricciardo has joined Renault from pit-lane neighbours Red Bull ahead of what is set to be another enthralling F1 campaign.

And racing fans have just got their first look at the car the Australian and Nico Hulkenberg will be driving this year, the R.S.19.

Following on from last season’s design, Renault have gone for a predominantly black livery with plenty of yellow detailing.

And Ricciardo can’t wait to get started having spent the past five seasons racing for one of F1’s big three, Red Bull.

“Renault has a massive history in motorsport, so to be part of the next step of their Formula 1 journey is an exciting challenge,” Daniel Ricciardo said.

“I’m here to do a job on track and drive as fast as possible, but I would like to bring the team energy.

“I want to put a spring in everyone’s step because that’s part of my job and also my character.

“I aim to be able to get the team to work that extra bit harder, put in more effort and rally everyone together.

“I’d like to be a catalyst for positive energy.”

Ricciardo will get behind the wheel of the new Renault for the first time when pre-season testing takes place in Catalonia.

Speaking at Tuesday’s unveiling in Enstone, Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul said he is looking forward to the team continuing their rapid rate of development.

“We go into this season aiming to keep [our] strong and measured momentum,” Abiteboul said.

“We do not target x or y position or a number of points: what I want to see is that the team continues its trajectory of progression towards the top teams.

“Engine excellency will be our priority in Viry while the structure now in place in Enstone strives to improve the competitiveness of the chassis, season after season.”

Ricciardo will driver alongside Nico Hulkenberg this year having replaced McLaren-bound Carlos Sainz.

And he will be looking to make his mark next month when the new season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo is not expected to battle the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes for the title this year.

However, Renault are keen to challenge for glory in either 2020 or 2021.

Ricciardo was sixth in the F1 standings last season, 238 points adrift of champion Lewis Hamilton.

So he, and indeed Renault, have plenty of ground to make up if they are to better his results at Red Bull and compete for the World Drivers’ Championship.

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