Renault launch part II - Paul Ricard

The second stage of the Renault F1 team's launch of the new R23 was conducted today at the Circuit Paul Ricard (France). In front of 600 members of the international press, Renault subsidiaries and Team partners, Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso...

The second stage of the Renault F1 team's launch of the new R23 was conducted today at the Circuit Paul Ricard (France). In front of 600 members of the international press, Renault subsidiaries and Team partners, Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso completed several laps of the circuit in the new car, marking the beginning of the Team's latest challenge in the 2003 World Championship.

The new Renault F1 R23: studio shoot.
Photo by Renault F1.
The objectives for the season ahead are clear. "Today, we are ready to step up a level," announced Patrick Faure, Chairman of the Renault F1 Team. "Our wish is to get closer to McLaren and Williams on the track. We are also looking for four podiums this year. These are ambitious targets, but we owe it to ourselves to meet them if we intend to compete with the best from 2004 onwards."

Flavio Briatore, Managing Director of the Renault F1 Team, knows that this programme will demand hard work, but has given the Team every chance of success. "We are more motivated than ever," he admitted. "Thanks to the perfect co-ordination between Enstone and Viry-Ch?tillon, we have a strong team which can also count on the benefits of Renault's technology via the Technocentre. In Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso, we possess a tightly-knit, well-balanced driver pairing."

Several days after announcing the renewal of its partnership with Mild Seven for four additional years, the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team is pleased to confirm the renewal of its worldwide co-operation agreement with the TotalFinaElf group. This new step continues a historical partnership between the two companies which has been characterised by success, be it technical, commercial or sporting. The two groups shared values of high technology, daring and innovation, will continue to support their ambitions.

At lunchtime, the presentation of the new R23 was also graced by a fly-past from eight French Airforce Alphajets above the pit straight.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Fernando Alonso , Flavio Briatore
Teams McLaren , Williams , Renault F1 Team