Renault R30 launched (Pictures)

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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152 comments on Renault R30 launched (Pictures)

  1. Ned Flanders said on 31st January 2010, 16:00

    Anyone else reminded of this?:

    http://www.f1wolf.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/1997-jordan.jpg

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

  2. Dan Silver said on 31st January 2010, 16:01

    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.

  3. RandomChimp said on 31st January 2010, 16:06

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

  4. TrophyOzzy said on 31st January 2010, 16:08

    According to GPUpdate, it IS the R29!! Explains the blandness and simplicity of it…. http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/formula-1-news/227094/petrov-joins-kubica-as-renault-reveals-r30-livery/

    • CounterStrike said on 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

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

      • TrophyOzzy said on 31st January 2010, 16:35

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

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

  6. TrophyOzzy said on 31st January 2010, 16:09

    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.”

  7. looks like a teapot to me!

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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…

  11. Wificats said on 31st January 2010, 16:16

    GPupdate.net says that: “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.” So that’s a relief, it might not be a suck-fest after all.

    http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/formula-1-news/227094/petrov-joins-kubica-as-renault-reveals-r30-livery/

  12. Woffin said on 31st January 2010, 16:17

    If you look VERY carefully, on the CGI shot of the new car from behind, you can still see ING on the rear side of the rear wing :p

  13. Gagan said on 31st January 2010, 16:17

    Do they have 2 fuel providers ? elf and total….
    The elf branding is shown on the engine cover …

    If yes then which fuel would they use..
    can anyone please clarify ?

    • Total owns Elf.

    • Jezson said on 31st January 2010, 16:24

      Elf own Total, or Total on Elf. They just promoting both brands.

      • Wikipedia says:

        [blockquote]In 1991 the company name became simply Total. After Total’s takeover of Petrofina in 1999, it became known as Total Fina. Afterwards it also acquired Elf Aquitaine. First named TotalFinaElf after the merger in 2000, it was later renamed back to Total in May 2003.[/blockquote]

        So Total own both Fina and Elf. Elf are the traditional petrol, oil and lubricant suppliers of Renault. Even the Renaults of the 80′s had Elf branding on the side.

  14. Gagan said on 31st January 2010, 16:24

    They have indeed modified the front wing… It looks like a very innovative solution of generating enough downforce. Have a look at the top view

    • John H said on 31st January 2010, 16:41

      It has rakes much like the McLaren last year at Monaco – other than that I think it looks pretty conservative.

  15. Catalina :) said on 31st January 2010, 16:25

    that “R30″ looks extremely short for 2010 standars :P

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