The question marks over the new Renault - F1

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       Renault unveil their new look and livery for the 2019 F1 season

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Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul believes the team's commitments to returning to the front of the grid is clear in the changes it has been making to every level of its operation.

If long-term targets remained unchanged - podiums next year, and wins in 2021 before a championship challenge - there was quiet confidence at the former champions' expanded Enstone factory.

The French manufacturer have reportedly spent big in the off-season as they attempt to break into the elite trio of Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in the constructor's rankings, having finished the 2018 season as the "best of the rest" in fourth.

Engine chief Remi Taffin is confident Renault can start cutting the performance gap this year.

The manufacturer's ambition was nonetheless underlined last summer when it acquired the services of Daniel Ricciardo on a two-year deal, with the seven-time Grand Prix victor joining Nico Hulkenberg.

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"It (the step up in performance) is the biggest we have ever done since the V6 was introduced (in 2014)", the Frenchman told reporters.

"On the engine side, yes we've had some issues and one issue is too many", he said. "We've invested a lot in Enstone and we ill be investing in Viry." he added. "We are aiming for zero DNFs (non finishes) related to either the chassis or the engine".

Meanwhile new recruit Ricciardo stated that his goal was to bring some "positive energy" to Renault to help motivate them to greater things. "We know them and understand them and had time to put in place a structure", he said.

"We have confidence that we have a good platform". "We do not target x or y position or a number of points: what I want to see is that the team continues its trajectory of progression towards the top teams". The team made a huge statement during last year's driver market by securing the signature of Ricciardo from Red Bull.

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