Ricciardo appears in Renault colours for first time

Daniel Ricciardo has appeared in Renault colours for the first time since his departure from Red Bull.

Ricciardo appears in Renault colours for first time

The Australian made the shock decision to join the French car manufacturer last summer, but was unable to drive for the outfit at the post-season Abu Dhabi test because Red Bull would not release him.

Ahead of the launch of Renault's new Formula 1 car, the team has released images of Ricciardo wearing team colours for the first time.

Renault's new car will be unveiled at its Enstone factory on February 12, prior to the start of pre-season testing at Barcelona on February 18.

Although Ricciardo is not expecting to be able to win races in 2019, the team is clear that his arrival will help it achieve that target in 2020.

Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul told Motorsport.com: "I don't see us suddenly in a position to fight for wins or fight for the championship. That is not what we have told him, and he has been clear about that too.

"Anyone can think what they want about the road map that we have defined, but I think it is already quite aggressive as a road map.

"Anyone who knows enough about F1 appreciates that the gap we have to the top teams will take some time to be absorbed. Daniel has only increased the chances to stick to the road map which is to fight for wins by 2020."

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team

Photo by: Daniel Ricciardo

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