Renault launches 2017 F1 carposted in F121 | 02 | 2017

    RENAULT SPORT LAUNCHED its 2017 Formula 1 car, the RS17, in London today. The Enstone-based team — which finished in ninth position last year after scoring just eight points — also announced new partners and sponsors including BP and Castrol.


    The RS17 will be powered by an all-new RE17 power unit, which has no carry over parts from the RS16 following a radical overhaul after Renault felt the old design had reached its maximum potential.


    The new car — which boasts a re-shaped rear wing, a thumb-tip nose design, and shark fin, which is expected to feature on all cars this year — was unveiled by race drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer; the team also confirmed Sergey Sirotkin as its third and reserve driver.


    The team heads into 2017 targeting fifth in the Constructors Championship, and isn’t ruling out the possibility of podium finishes.

    “Fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship is our goal,” Jérôme Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing, said. “The RS17 is the first car which we have been able to plan and develop from the outset, and we believe it will deliver.”


    That sentiment was backed up by Renault Sport Racing managing director Cyril Abiteboul.

    “For 2017 we are perfectly placed to take the step forward we all desire,” he said. “The RS17 is the result of many long working hours spent over our two integrated locations and the result is a car we can be proud of.


    “We have a strong line-up of personnel at all levels of the team and we’re proud to see Nico and Sergey join Jolyon in 2017.

    “We are the fastest growing F1 team and we now need to prove our performance on track. Our objective is to score points at every round.”

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    Jim McGill


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