Renault R29 revealed in Portugal – pictures (2009 F1 car launches)

Renault R29 - 2009 F1 car

Renault R29 - 2009 F1 car

Renault’s 2009 F1 car has broken cover. The R29 is the car they hope will improve on the performance of the R28 (two wins last year) and propel Fernando Alonso into contention for the drivers’ championship.

The first pictures of the new Renault R29 are below.

Update: Is this how the Renault R29 was supposed to look?

Alonso starts his sixth season for Renault alongside Nelson Piquet Jnr, who was a rookie in 2008.

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Images (C) Renault/LAT

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103 comments on Renault R29 revealed in Portugal – pictures (2009 F1 car launches)

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  1. Pedro Andrade said on 19th January 2009, 9:55

    Baby-vomit livery.

  2. oooo the old paint job was nice, that’s just horrid…

  3. We have a winner for the worst-looking 2009 formula 1 car…

  4. mail123456 said on 19th January 2009, 10:04

    I just hope this car is fast …
    if not this will be just a joke …

  5. my god!! how can that car be fast, it seems imposible.
    It can become a world champion… in the worst looking cars list, in the history of the sport.

  6. The ING livery was never great but this is even worse. The wedge shaped nose, shark fin engine cover and acres of rear bodywork don’t help – currently the leading contender for ugliest car of the year.

  7. Pete Walker said on 19th January 2009, 10:08


    Kudos to whoever came up with a livery even worse than the 07/08 one, thats some achievement!

  8. I thought for a second that McDonald’s had become Renault’s new sponsor.

    Awful looking livery.

  9. Looks like a Hotwheels or a Transformer….

  10. now i know why there’s more photos of the team and helmets rather than the car…

  11. ajokay said on 19th January 2009, 10:16

    I think I just threw up in the back of my mouth a little.

    That car is nasty, and it’s giving me a migraine.

  12. Horrible from every angle, and way too bright for a Monday morning. Particularly the big ING billboard on the back. I hope it blows over in a crosswind.

    No wonder Alonso’s signed for Ferrari, he’s had enough of looking ridiculous

  13. Yuk Yuk Yuk Yuk Yuk!

    What a disgustingly appalling disgrace to the grid. What phenomenal catastrophe has bestowed Renault and their sponsors to roll out such a vile looking sick-for-an-excuse-of-a-car? Can you actually make it anymore hideously horrendous if you tried??

    If it doesn’t do well then might as well tie the fat lady, who can sing, to it.

    Someone should lose their job for this monstrosity.

    ….and *breathes*…

  14. bialy said on 19th January 2009, 10:33

    I hope it will be as fast as ugly !

  15. these guys are breaking the record for UBER-UGLY car :-) :-) :-) with this livery they outclass BMW and Toyota by lightyears! :-)

    poor Alonso :-(

  16. Adrian said on 19th January 2009, 10:55

    So please tell me there’s a mix up and this is an interim livery…

    Also, I thought the shark fin engine covers were banned this year???

    • Toyota didn’t have one on their launch car but when they debuted it on track yesterday it had a shark fin.

      First spec change to the car less than 3 days after being launched.

  17. Nathan said on 19th January 2009, 10:56

    The nose is horrible. The shark fin is horrible. The livery is horrible. The car is horrible.

  18. Santi said on 19th January 2009, 11:05

    Is there any chance of being hidden the real car? I read somewhere that Alonso said “the car in January is not going to be the one in March”
    Are they trying to avoid being spied their aerodynamics? I hope so :-((

  19. holy crap thats the ugliest car I have seen in a long while

    At the time I never thought I would say it, but I really miss the liveries Alonso had in his championship years!

  20. I think Renault will win this year ‘cos all other cars will want to stay very far from this ugly looking thing. Don’t like the front nose at all. I think it will look a lot different at Melbourne, but the livery can’t change… and that’s a problem! But the rules are crazy different, so the car with the most radical change in design from last year may have a chance. Still ugly… or fugly… or blfugly!

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