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The Renault R.S.19 is a Formula One racing car designed and constructed by the Renault F1 Team to compete during the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. The car was driven by Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo. The car made its competitive debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.
Nico Hülkenberg driving the R.S.19 during the pre-season
|Length||5,480 mm (216 in)|
|Width||2,000 mm (79 in)|
|Height||950 mm (37 in)|
|Axle track||1,600 mm (63 in)|
|Engine||Renault E-Tech 19 1.6 L (98 cu in) direct injection V6 turbocharged engine limited to 15,000 RPM|
|Electric motor||Renault kinetic and thermal energy recovery systems|
|Transmission||Eight-speed semi-automatic carbon gearbox with reverse gears|
|Power||Around 1000HP in qualifying|
|Weight||743 kg (1,638 lb) with driver, ballast and camera|
|Brakes||Carbon disks and pads|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero (dry) |
Pirelli Cinturato (wet)
OZ forged magnesium wheels: 13"
|Notable entrants||Renault F1 Team|
|Debut||2019 Australian Grand Prix|
|Last event||2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
A tough first part of the season for Renault saw them only scoring 39 points in the first 12 rounds; 43 less than what they did at the same point in 2018. This resulted them sitting 6th in the Constructors' Championship at the mid-season break.
After Racing Point's protest against Renault's innovative brake balance adjustment system, which didn't break any rule from the technical regulations, but failed to comply with one of the rules written in the sporting regulations ("Driver must drive the car alone and unaided."), the French team was disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix results. The system automatically changed the brake balance as the car drove around the track. At the end of the season, Renault finished 5th in the Constructors' Championship.
Design and developmentEdit
For the 2019 season Renault signed Daniel Ricciardo who partnered Nico Hülkenberg. Renault's managing director Cyril Abiteboul said that the gains they made in the engine side were the biggest since 2016. The team brought new updates to the car throughout the season. One of the biggest they got was the update package for the French Grand Prix, which failed to provide the expected leap in performance.
Although the engine's performance provided Renault with some positive results at circuits where engine power was vital, such as at the Italian Grand Prix, poor aerodynamics and reliability issues lead to the team being unable to escape the midfield, with 8 races in which neither driver achieved points.
At the end of the season, Renault F1 Team announced changes to the aerodynamic department of their team as a result of the R.S.19's failures. Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester would leave the team, with former Ferrari and McLaren chassis engineer Pat Fry and former Williams and Ferrari aerodynamicist Dirk de Beer to join the team.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
|2019||Renault F1 Team||Renault E-Tech 19||P||Nico Hülkenberg||7||17†||Ret||14||13||13||7||8||13||10||Ret||12||8||5||9||10||DSQ||10||9||15||12||91||5th|
† Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed over 90% of the winner's race distance.
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