The classic Renault yellow and black colours made a welcome return to Formula One with the team unveiling the new R30 at Valencia.
The French-based squad also announced that GP2 driver Vitaly Petrov as the new team-mate to Robert Kubica, forming an exciting driver line-up for the 2010 season.
Twenty-five year-old Petrov, the 2009 runner-up in the GP2 series, becomes the first Russian Formula One driver in the history of the sport.
Petrov will be partnering Polish star Kubica at Renault, who is hoping to turn around the team’s fortunes following a frustrating 2009 season in which Renault only scored 26 points on its way to eighth place in the championship.
The crashgate scandal didn’t help matters, in which title sponsor ING and partner Mutua Madrilena pulled out with immediate effect following the controversy.
In an attempt to put the past behind, the new livery signals a fresh new start for the team. It looks fantastic and in fact, the colour scheme resembles what the old Renault team used when it first entered Formula One back in 1977.
Just like the BMW Sauber and McLaren, the new Renault features the shark fin engine cover.
New team boss Eric Boullier has said he is looking forward to the new Formula One season.
“The start of a new Formula 1 season is always a time of great anticipation,” said Boullier. “For Renault, this is particularly true of the 2010 season as we begin a new era for the team.
“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.
“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. However, this is not going to happen overnight and our ambition is to make this journey one step at a time.
“The R30 should be a competitive, strong and reliable car and we’ve opted for an aggressive development strategy. The factories in Enstone and Viry have been working flat-out during the long winter months to ensure that we begin the new season in the best shape possible. These factories have been successful in the past and they haven’t forgotten how to win in Formula 1.”
Can Renault return back to winning ways? Well the paint job certainly looks the part. It is now down to the driving talent of Petrov and Kubica to deliver the results.