Renault R30 launched (Pictures)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Renault has gone retro with its 2010 F1 livery
Renault has gone retro with its 2010 F1 livery

The Renault R30 has been unveiled by the team at Valencia. See the first pictures of the new car below.

Renault R30 launch

As was widely expected, the new livery marks a return to classic Renault yellow and black colours. The team used a similar scheme for its first F1 team from 1977 to 1985.

Since its return to F1 as a full constructor in 2002 Renault’s colour scheme has been largely dictated by sponsors.

Renault has lost 2009 title sponsors ING, who intended to pull out before 2010 but hastened their departure after the Singapore crash scandal. Mutua Madrilena also left the team at the same time.

Renault has also announced Vitaly Petrov will race for the team alongside Robert Kubica and revealed its two reserve drivers for 2010. More here:

Renault R30 launch pictures

Pictures of the R30 at its launch plus some studio images of the new car:

Renault R30 studio video

2010 F1 car launches

Image (C) Renault/LAT

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  1. This reminds me slightly of the old Jordan, “snake”, “shark”, and “hornet” liveries.

    Only slightly mind.

    I think it looks cool except for the red on the wings.

  2. Renault should get an award for progressing from the worst livery in 2009 to the best livery in 2010.

    Way to go!!

  3. @Woffin TW steel on the nose cone

    Agree with the rest of you. Not much development from last year except for the new paint job (which does look nice!)

  4. I may be alone in this but I prefer the R29 livery. This is great but I loved last year’s esp when ING left

    1. No, you’re not Steph! See below!

      1. Hivermind..
        It’s nice if you like yellow, I don’t. My favourite Renault livery was the R28.

    2. I think you may just be ;)

      But the car still looks unfinished, escpecially when its compared to the Sauber from earlier

  5. You know what… as much as I like this livery, I still prefer the 2009 Renault. I think ING should go crawling back to Renault, prodigal son style!!

    1. Ned you know your liveries so I’m happy we’re in agreement! Makes me feel a bit more sane for liking last year’s so much :)

  6. What are those 3 needle-shaped things on the front wing endplate?

    Was it there on last year’s car as well? Or some new innovation?

    1. They are in most cars.. it’s just they usually are below the front wing endplates

  7. CounterStrike
    31st January 2010, 15:58

    Why is there no live streaming of the launch? Surely Renault are not that cash stripped. They could have made use of this perfect Sunday morning to attract world wide viewers & some sponsorship. In the process expelling the negative vibes surrounding the team.

    Bad marketing strategy by Renault.

  8. Another team with a low key launch and a car lacking in sponsorship.

    Regarding the livery, while I like the yellow and black I think the red on the side of the wings doesn’t work and I am not to keen on the yellow and black stripes on the engine cover it reminds me of the barcode livery which often replaced tobacco sponsors names at some Grand Prix and still does at with Marlboro at Ferrari, also the side pods defiantly need a sponsor or something there, preferably in black writing.

  9. That’s one of the most ugly car I have seen in recent years.

    1. Penelope Pitstop
      31st January 2010, 23:19

      THANK YOU! I think it’s hideous.

  10. brrrr…
    Sauber empty, now Renault empty… and all those rumours about Campos, USF1 and also Virgin (with the unexpected changes in management etc)…

    I really really hope they all make it through the season, love to see 26 cars battling.

    *dreaming about 26 cars qualifying within 1 second*

  11. Anyone else reminded of this?:

    (without the snake on the nose, of course!)

    1. The difference is, the Jordan looked nice… :P

  12. Renault R29B anyone? Surely they have a load of parts to stick on it in the next few tests to bring on a par in terms of complexity with the rest of the teams. Far too basic and blockish.

  13. Looks like a ‘nana on wheels, particularly with the shape of the nose.

  14. According to GPUpdate, it IS the R29!! Explains the blandness and simplicity of it….

    1. CounterStrike
      31st January 2010, 16:12

      Thought so. Its starting to look nice already. Just show how horrible last years livery was.

      Just hope they ditch that stupid fat nose, they’ll gain a 2 sec advantage by doing so :P

    2. FFS why don’t they show us the R30 then? Have they not painted it yet?

      1. LOL I don’t see what advantage other teams could gain overnight by seeing the R30 this afternoon, must be extra-special…

  15. You can even still see ING on the back of the rear wing in the rear diagonal image, so possibly still a R29 shape

    1. good spot! i can see that too.

    2. Hah! You’re not wrong Ed. Eagle eyes you got there.

  16. Quote “With the striking new livery revealed on one of last year’s R29 models, Renault’s R30 remains concealed in the team garage and will be out on track in the hands of Kubica on Monday morning.”

    1. If it really was the R29 and not the R30 then why they hide the DDD?

  17. looks like a teapot to me!

  18. Looks reasonable in my opinion, only the zebra-striping/barcode on the tailfin and the HUGE renault logo on the engine cover are clearly ugly. Don’t get me wrong, there are many ways they could have made it look better, but its not horribe. It does look like the least raddicaly altered car of the whole bunch (so far).

    The zebra-striping would have looked better if it had been horizontal instead of vertical.

  19. no really this wins “could have been the best livery, bar the red bits”

    1. Wins could have been the best livery, bar the red bits, attached to the McLaren MP4-25

  20. It’s really apparent this is indeed one of last year’s models, as under the current regulations, the necessity of putting in a much larger fuel tank would have caused the car to be longer at the rear.

    There’s little surprise to preserve, though, if they’re starting testing tomorrow…

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