Video: Renault reveals its 2008 F1 car – the R28

Renault has a lot to make up for with its 2008 car. The R28 has to return the team to its race and championship-winning form of 2005-6.

It will be a few weeks before we know whether the new car can do that. But the R28 has not fixed the other major fault of its predecessor – it’s going to be another year of suffering that horrific, eye-gouging livery.

See below for video and images of the R28 – if you can stand to.

Renault R28 – images

Renault 2008 R28 launch 2 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 3 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 4 | LAT / Renault

Renault 2008 R28 launch 5 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 6 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 7 | LAT / Renault

Renault 2008 R28 launch 8 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 9 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 10 | LAT / Renault

Renault 2008 R28 launch 11 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 12 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 13 | LAT / Renault

Renault 2008 R28 launch 14 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 16 | LAT / Renault Renault 2008 R28 launch 15 | LAT / Renault

Renault R28 studio | ING Renault F1 Renault R28 studio, 2 | ING Renault F1 Renault R28 studio, 3 | ING Renault F1

Renault R28 studio, 4 | ING Renault F1 Renault R28 studio, 5 | ING Renault F1 Renault R28 studio, 6 | ING Renault F1

Renault R28 – high resolution images

Renault 2008 R28 launch (high resolution) | LAT / Renault
Renault 2008 R28 launch 2 (high resolution) | LAT / Renault
Renault 2008 R28 launch 3 (high resolution) | LAT / Renault
Renault 2008 R28 launch 4 (high resolution) | LAT / Renault
Renault 2008 R28 launch 5 (high resolution) | LAT / Renault
Renault 2008 R28 launch 6 (high resolution) | LAT / Renault
Renault 2008 R28 launch 7 (high resolution) | LAT / Renault
Renault 2008 R28 launch 8 (high resolution) | LAT / Renault
Renault 2008 R28 launch 9 (high resolution) | LAT / Renault
Renault R28 studio (high resolution) | ING Renault F1
Renault R28 studio, 2 (high resolution) | ING Renault F1
Renault R28 studio, 3 (high resolution) | ING Renault F1
Renault R28 studio, 4 (high resolution) | ING Renault F1
Renault R28 studio, 5 (high resolution) | ING Renault F1
Renault R28 studio, 6 (high resolution) | ING Renault F1

Renault R28 – video

See the F1 video section for more video of the 2008 F1 cars.

Renault also has a couple of new sponsors thanks to the return of Fernando Alonso. Universia is a Banco Santander brand – the company now dividing its F1 sponsorship between McLaren and Renault since Alonso left the former team.

Will the R28 be a winner? If not, can they at least please fix that horrible livery?

I still think they should have used their 30th anniversary colour scheme instead (here’s some more pictures of the retro Renault).

Photos copyright: LAT / Renault except for the last six which are ING Renault F1

More on the 2008 F1 season

Advert | Go Ad-free

23 comments on Video: Renault reveals its 2008 F1 car – the R28

  1. Whilst I agree the 30th anniversary colour scheme is a lot better, I really don’t mind the ING “puke” colour scheme as some have so eloquently put it.

    The Renault livery certainly isn’t boring compared to the likes of BMW, Honda, Force India and Super Aguri whose liveries are bland IMO…..unimaginative use of stickers I’d call them (even though they use paint).

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st January 2008, 14:47

    I’m curious about the dark black sections across the drivers’ overalls – is there supposed to be a sponsor’s name there?

  3. Robert Mckay said on 31st January 2008, 15:10

    There’s something pure comedy gold about the pemultimate photo (the one with Nelsinho, Nando and Flav), something very “Werthers Original” about it. A perfect photo for a caption competition if I ever saw one :-D

  4. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st January 2008, 15:52

    Flavio: “Fernando, we got rid of Heikki, and if this guy’s too good we’ve got Lucas di Grassi as well!”

  5. Architrion said on 31st January 2008, 16:24

    ooops, this sound a bit like Ron’s speech about “equality policy” with Hamilton… don’t worry, dear and loved son of my life… Heikki is going to be receive equal treatment here in McLaren… equal to stay behind you or equal to leave and go to another team.

  6. frecon said on 31st January 2008, 16:50

    I don’t like R28.

    It looks like if they want to forget everything about R27, and they’ve changed too many parts. It’s like a copy-paste of all the aerodynamicals solutions used by other teams in 2007.

  7. That photo of Flav, Nelsinho and Fernando is odd – the look Piquet is giving Flavio is one of love and passion.

  8. frecon said on 31st January 2008, 17:12

    Keith, you have missed the best pic of R28

    http://www.thef1.com/galerias/presentacion/presentacion-renault-2008/equipo_03_12.jpg/view

    Ok, maybe not the best, but the most weird

  9. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st January 2008, 17:20

    Nice pic Frecon!

    Alonso has said the car is 0.8 to 1s per lap slower than the McLaren and Ferrari. I assume he means around Valencia, seeing as that’s where they tested it.

  10. Dave M said on 31st January 2008, 18:05

    I liked the livery last year. Or at least I thought I did. But I’m disappointed they haven’t tweaked it at all, they must know about the negative reaction there’s been?

    For me it’s the dark blue around the nosecone and front wing that spoils it.

  11. Daniel PT said on 31st January 2008, 18:21

    That livery looks like a fusion between the liveries of three diferent cars:
    A 2006 Renault
    A 2007 ING Formula something (if ING sponsors lower formulas, if not we can imagine how it would be)
    A 2008 Williams-Toyota (Valencia livery) (front wing dark blue)

  12. TommyBellingham said on 31st January 2008, 18:52

    UGGGGGGGGGGLY, why didnt they change that awful livery

  13. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st January 2008, 19:01

    There’s an odd and slightly comedic video of the engine too…

  14. Eric M. said on 31st January 2008, 19:57

    I think the livery would be much better if they had just used the ING white, blue and orange. I realize that black and yellow are traditional Renault colors, but having them in the mix just kinda ruins everything.

  15. Architrion said on 31st January 2008, 20:36

    Nice discussion about liveries…. I’m thinking that I like more and more and more Flav’s approach on how to manage his team…. I’m sure he wouldn´t expend a single euro in that kind of things, that, believe me, DO NOT WIN RACES. I can remember he once explained that it was one of the keys to win drivers and constructor championship to that team full of luxury, style and fastest cars on the grid called McLaren……

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments must abide by the comment policy. Comments may be moderated.
Want to post off-topic? Head to the forum.
See the FAQ for more information.