F1 '19: JOIS AND SORROWS IN RENAULT
This year McLaren seems to have recovered thanks to the Renault engines, while the French team did not go as well.
The 2019 season of the Formula 1 world championship was extremely full of expectations both for Renault and McLaren.
After the 2018 season, which closed in fourth place in the standings, Renault wanted to push on the Red Bull by significantly improving its R.S.18.
The design of the new R.S.19 was again entrusted to the Irish Bob, wich focused on improving the rake to the front of the car and redesigning the side section inspired by the aerodynamic solutions proposed by Red Bull on the RB14.
A 950 hp Renault E-TECH 19 V6 1.6 Turbo was then chosen as the engine, managed by an eight-speed sequential gearbox.
The pilots were Niko Hulkenberg (who was confirmed again after the last season) and Daniel Ricciardo (hired instead of Carlos Sainz Jr. meanwhile passed to McLaren).
Despite the proven ability of both riders, the season turned out to be worse than the previous one. The problems seemed to culminate when the team also had a disqualification during the Japanese GP due to an automatic non-regulatory brake distributor installed on the car.
The McLaren team had already shown signs of recovery in 2018, finishing sixth in the constructors' championship.
This year it has completely renewed its team by hiring the aforementioned Sainz and the young Lando Norris, vice-champion of the 2018 Formula 2 World Championship.
For the development of the new MCL34, McLaren asked instead to Pat Fry, who refined the aerodynamics of the previous MCL33 without distorting the basic design.
The pilots proved to be extremely competitive and if they had not had some undeserved misfortunes they could have achieved better results. The highest moment of the season was the Brazilian GP, in which Sainz managed to finish 3rd thanks to a penalty incurred by Lewis Hamilton due to contact with Alexander Albon. It was from the 2014 Australian GP that a McLaren driver did not take a podium.
I am pleased to see that McLaren is finally recovering, and I hope that it will continue to do so in a solid way, avoiding low blows like those of 2007. And in you which emotion prevailed?
Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation