Is this how the Renault R29 was supposed to look?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Renault launched its R29 F1 car for 2009 today to more howls of revulsion about what they’ve done with their livery.

But Renault’s bizarre front nose arrangement also drew some concerned glances. Its bulbous shape and low-hanging vertical strips look unwieldy compared to most of its rivals.

In the comments thread Luke and PrateekF1 unearthed an interesting picture on Renault’s F1 site which seems to show a different version of the R29. The new colour scheme is present and correct and it appears to be in 2009 specification. But the front wing is a much simpler affair:

Renault R29 - the original design?
Renault R29 - the original design?

For comparison, here’s the front wing on the R29 as launched:

Renault R29 - 2009 F1 car (click to enlarge)
Renault R29 - 2009 F1 car (click to enlarge)

Last week we learned the R29 had failed at least one FIA crash test. Perhaps the failure occurred at the front of the car and the unsightly wing arrangement can be put down to a hasty nose job to get the car ready for launch? Alternatively, F1 Technical has this explanation for how the wing works. What do you think?

More reaction to the R29 here: Renault R29 revealed in Portugal – pictures (2009 F1 car launches)