F1: Renault Unveils New Formula One Car
The Renault Formula One team have set their target at the 5th position up from 9th a year earlier, as they launched their new car for the Y 2017 season Tuesday.
Four-time world champion Alain Prost joined the team as a special advisor.
The Yellow & Black RS17 is expected to boost the team’s performance in the upcoming season, which will kick off in Australia late in March.
“The year of 2017 will be a crucial one,” said Renault SportRacing chairman Jerome Stoll, referring to the second car produced since Renault returned to F1 as a works team.
After finishing an acquisition to struggling Lotus late in Y 2015, Renault were believed to have inherited a car developed by Lotus. R.S.17 was regarded as the first real Renault Formula 1 car in modern era, according to team chief technical officer Bob Bell.
“It’s the first time that the car has been developed by us. We expect to finish 5th at the end,” added Mr. Stoll.
Nico Huelkenberg, joining from Force India, will partner with Jolyon Palmer in competing for Renault.
As next Monday’s first round of testing in Barcelona approached, F1 teams began to unveil their vehicles for the new season, with team Sauber the 1st to unveil their car Monday