Paint wars: Renault vs McLaren

We weren’t expecting to say this, but… damn, isn’t Renault’s 2010 F1 car hot?

Dubbed the R30, it was unveiled yesterday sporting a waspy livery that harks back to Renault’s gorgeous Le Mans racers of the 1970s (google ‘Alpine 442B’ and you’ll see the family resemblance).

Interestingly, the team is yet to find a title sponsor, following ING’s departure last summer in the wake of NelsonFlavCrashGate. Renault, remember, only holds a minority stake in the F1 team, with Luxembourg-based investment firm Genii Capital the majority owners.

Renault also announced that Russian racer Vitaly Petrov will join Robert Kubica as their second driver. Petrov started out in the Russian Lada Cup, before heading to Formula Renault and, for the last three seasons, GP2.

He’s believed to bring about £10 million of sponsorship backing with him, but revealed over the weekend that his only financial support comes from ‘my father, my manager and my father’s friends’. Yowch. Those are some influential friends.

We’ll see whether he can keep up with Fast Bob, but for now, let’s talk paintjobs. Do you prefer the Renault… or McLaren’s MP4-25? Jenson and Lewis’s silvery new ride was revealed late last week in Newbury – looks like a quick one, don’t it?

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