New colour scheme for Renault team; Vitaly Petrov to drive
1 February 2010

The Renault Formula One team will race in a striking yellow and black colour scheme this season - and with Vitaly Petrov driving alongside Robert Kubica.

Petrov, 25, last year's runner-up in the GP2 series, becomes the first Russian F1 driver.

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Petrov will be partnering Pole Kubica at Renault, who is hoping to turn around its fortunes following a dismal 2009 season in which the team scored just 26 points on its way to eighth place in the championship.

"With a new structure in place, new drivers, and new colours, there is a lot to be excited about and a lot to look forward to in the year ahead," said new team boss Eric Boullie

"Setting objectives is never easy, but it's clear that we have high ambitions for 2010 as we aim to take Renault back to the front of the grid."

The new colour scheme resembles that used by Renault when it first entered Formula 1 back in 1978.

The new car also incorporates a shark fin engine cover, as seen on the new McLaren and Sauber cars.

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1 February 2010

It's goreous. As usual, Renault has created a beautiful and stylish livery. It'll probably again be the pick of the field.

Mercedes, unfortunately, has spoiled the design with that horrible turquoise on the body and wheels. A technical genius he may be, but Brawn seems compelled to use daft colours.

This, though, is even more shameful than the acid yellow from last year, and needs to be removed toot-toot!

Only because it's our hero in the car can Mercedes be forgiven for this slip-up.

I can't wait to see the results of the test at Valencia.

1 February 2010

[quote VirginPower]Mercedes, unfortunately, has spoiled the design with that horrible turquoise on the body and wheels. A technical genius he may be, but Brawn seems compelled to use daft colours.[/quote]

That'll be the Petronas colours. They were forced to use the corporate colours on the BMW, but previously Sauber had whole sidepods that colour ! I quite like the Merc colour scheme though. Understated, like Mercs tend to be - apart from AMG cars, of course !

The colours of the renault make it look reminiscent of the Jordan 197, the one with the snake down the nose...

if I was clever, I'd post the pic, but here's a link instead. Which knowing me won't work...
http://www.f1model.co.uk/jord197d.jpg

1 February 2010

Just found a side-on pic of the new Renault at

http://www.formula1.com/gallery/testing/2010/480.html

It looks like a cardboard 2d cut out !

2 February 2010

the only reason the Russian is racing, is that his Dad paid 9 million quid for his seat in Renault. It will be interesting to see how Petrov's times compare to Kubica's in tomorrows tests.

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