Ninth in the constructors' title race on their return as a team to F1 in 2016, they improved to sixth in 2017 and fourth last season.
Renault was fourth in the constructors' championship a year ago, which was financially a valuable achievement, but the gap to Red Bull in the standings was 297 points.
"So I was already accepting that and coming to terms with that as a very high reality". We have no reason to believe it's impossible at this stage. There will be two drivers, I will be here if you want to have a chat or a coffee!
"So it is not anything in particular which I feel we are missing". I think naturally I am going to look at them but I am also going to look at Mercedes and Ferrari as well.
The team revealed its livery for the new season on 2018-specification vehicle at its factory in Enstone today and also presented renderings of how its finished auto will look.
"I guess until I drive the auto I will know more what the vehicle needs, but I see good things here".
"But it is okay, because we had enough information and enough feedback by getting it on the Red Bull".
"I feel a lot of positive pressure and expectation to do good things, but that's something I'm looking forward to taking on".
"I will be the first to say it: by the end of the season you are ready for a break and have time off". The second testing session runs from February 26 to 1 March, and also takes place in Barcelona.
"Putting it simply, and it may be boring for you guys to write, it is progress".
"In the video on their Facebook page, at the end is the new auto. or at least last year's chassis with a new front wing on", one seasoned observer told Pitpass in the minutes following the "unveil" of Renault's 2019 contender, the RS-19.
'Last year a lot happened and it was a big decision for me, ' said Ricciardo.
"But ideally we just close that gap".
"No, as we speak we are 100% sure of nothing". The Australian, who has won seven F1 races since 2014, is considered one of the best talents on the grid and alongside Hulkenberg completes one of the most exciting driver line-ups going into the new season.