Throughout the offseason there were strong whispers from Renault that their 2019 challenger would be 99% new.
Now, in their online launch event on Tuesday the team has confirmed the 1% that carries over from 2018 is the 2018 car.
“YEAH, ABOUT THAT…” Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul BEGAN, DIGGING A GIANT HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AUDITORIUM.
“We meant to say 99% was exactly the same” Abiteboul told us.
“The 1% is Ricciardo”
But a defiant Abiteboul wasn’t backing down from the team’s original statement.
“99% of all the components on the car are absolutely brand new. They just happen to be the same design as 2018”
“The 1% of the car that isn’t brand new is the sticker that says Hulkenberg”
The design of the 2019 Renault was inspired by the legendary 2018 Renault that delighted fans with a combined total of 0 race victories and 0 podium finishes.
“It’s one of those pinch yourself moments” newcome Daniel Ricciardo told the press.
“Growing up, I had a picture of the 2018 Renault on my bedroom wall” the Australian told reporters.
Long term driver Nico Hulkenberg was equally thrilled.
“It’s not every year you get to drive a car like this” said the man who has driven a car like this for the last two years.