Having tested in black, Renault is back to its traditional yellow for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Neither were available to speak to the media due to the ongoing coronavirus threat.
“It is a very particular circumstance in which we are joining Australia and Melbourne,” team principal Cyril Abiteboul said.
“Usually it’s a moment that we all love when we are racing in Formula 1.
“Our drivers were supposed to be with us for this event but due to the situation we’ve excused them for the occasion.
“I hope you understand why we are taking such measures.”
— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) March 11, 2020
The new livery, which comes with a new title sponsor is DP World, is almost identical to last year’s.
“This is an extremely interesting and exciting collaboration across multiple disciplines,” said Renault Chairman Jerome Stoll. “We look forward to working with DP World, a leading global logistics provider, to explore ways of improving our efficiency and mitigating our environmental impact.
“After the ambitions expressed by Formula One to become fully carbon neutral by 2030, we are constantly evaluating ways to reduce our carbon footprint and our turnaround time.
“We expect that working with DP World will reveal opportunities for tangible solutions to some of the logistical challenges faced by our F1 team’s supply chain and by extension, the automotive industry at a larger scale.”
The Australian GP marks the Honey Badger’s home race.
Ricciardo admits that while he loves the racing in Melbourne, the other side of the weekend is rather “hectic” for him.
— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) March 10, 2020