Renault have launched their 2017 F1 car – the RS17 – at an event in London.
The event was streamed live online and featured interviews with team personnel and 2017 drivers, as well as Alain Prost, who joins the team as a Special Advisor.
The sleek new car features the familiar distinctive yellow which brightened up the 2016 grid but has an added splattering of black towards the rear.
Chief Technical Officer Bob Bell has said that the RS17 is “the first real Renault Formula 1 car of the modern era.”
“It’s a ground-up design as we had the time and the resources to do it, notwithstanding the fact that the change in the regulations demanded it. There is no carryover of componentry from 2016 to 2017, so it really has been a ‘clean sheet of paper’ approach.”
For 2017, Jolyon Palmer stays at Reanult for his second season in the sport, while the experienced Nico Hulkenberg joins him from Force India. It was also announced that GP2 driver Sergey Sirotkin will continue with the team as a reserve driver, and will get more outings in Free Practice 1 sessions throughout the new season. Renault recently made headlines as Frederic Vasseur quit the team after just one year as Team Principal.
Renault finished ninth in the 2016 Constructors’ Championship with a total of 8 points. They won the 2005 and 2006 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships under Flavio Briatore’s guidance. The team have targeted fifth in the 2017 Constructors’ Championship and see McLaren and Force India as their main rivals for this season.
With a car that is now fully designed around a Renault engine, unlike the 2016 effort, will Renault be making positive steps forwards in 2017?
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Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.