Mike Stevens | Feb 1, 2010

RENAULT HAS THIS week revealed its 2010 Renault R30 F1 car, along with new driver Vitaly Petrov, Russia's first F1 steerer.

The 25 year-old GP2 runner-up joined teammate Robert Kubica at the R30's unveiling, revealing a yellow-and-black livery inspired by the team's 2007 30th anniversary R27 and the RS01 before it.

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The 'new' colour scheme follows the exit of Renault's previous title sponsor, ING, which saw the team's cars decked out in a white, orange and blue livery.

Largely an evolution of last year's R29 design, the R30 features a shark-fin style engine cover similar to that used by McLaren and Sauber.

Renault will be hoping to turn its fortunes around, with a dismal 2009 showing giving the team only 26 points and an eighth-place finish at the end of the season.

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Following reports that Renault was considering selling its F1 team at the end of last year, Genii Capital bought a majority stake in the team.

"The start of a new Formula 1 season is always a time of great anticipation," new team principal Eric Boullier told motorsport.com.

"For Renault, this is particularly true of the 2010 season as we begin a new era for the team. With a new structure in place, new drivers, and new colours, there is a lot to be excited about and a lot to look forward to in the year ahead".

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