Paris - Renault held a Formula One launch without a car on Wednesday but with plenty of optimism that 2020 would be better than last season, when the team dropped from fourth to fifth overall.
Smiling Australian Daniel Ricciardo joined new team mate Esteban Ocon, returning to the grid after a year out, and team management in emphasising they were on the right track for recovery.
Team boss Cyril Abiteboul said the car had yet to be finished, still in pieces a week before testing starts in Barcelona. In its absence, glimpses of details were shown on a big screen.
He denied, however, that the team was running late.
"If anything we are much more on schedule than we were last year," he said. "If you optimise your schedule, you don't have a car waiting here for a couple of hours or days. The car is (being) built and going straight to Barcelona.