Renault focused on 2021 as it gives sneak preview of "transitional" R.S.20


Renault has unveiled a sneak peak of its 2020 Formula 1 car ahead of winter testing next week with digital renders of its new effort.

The R.S.20 was partly shown in Paris a week away from the beginning of winter testing, with team principal Cyril Abiteboul saying the car has not yet been built and is instead being shipped to Barcelona in pieces.

The dark and moody shots of the car show off its testing livery, and won’t be seen together until the morning of the first test on February 19.

Renault Sport president Jérôme Stoll, who wasn’t present at the event, said that 2020 would be a “transitional year” for the team ahead of the new 2021 regulations being introduced next season.

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“2020 is an important transition year for the team. We aim to recapture the positive momentum from our first three year since returning to Formula 1 while preparing for next season, which will represent a new cycle for all teams.”

Abiteboul backed up the longer-term view the team appears to be taking into the new season, adding that Renault would be setting itself up for the changes in 2021.

“This year must see us setting the best possible course for the major regulation changes of 2021. The organisational changes made in the second half of 2019 are with this firmly in mind,” he said.

“We approach this new season with humility and ambition. Humility as the challenge is huge for every team, every coming year and we are not the exceptions.”