Renault reveals R.S.17 Formula 1 car for 2017 season

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Renault has taken the wraps off its new Formula 1 car that will race through the 2017 season, the R.S.17.

The new car was unveiled at an event in London, England, with drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer on-hand for the launch alongside senior team management.

Renault has retained part of its striking yellow livery from 2016, as well as incorporating more black towards the rear of the R.S.17.

Livery aside, the car’s design is significantly different to that of its predecessor following the introduction of new technical regulations for the 2017 season.

Renault technical director Bob Bell said that teams are expecting the cars to produce 30 per cent more downforce this year, and will be “a hell of a lot more exciting” on-track.

Renault finished ninth in last year’s constructors’ championship as the impact of the Lotus operation’s financial issues hit the team hard following its takeover.

Managing director Cyril Abiteboul expressed his confidence for the year ahead, saying that Renault is the fastest-growing F1 team in a number of areas and is capable of a top-five finish in this year’s standings.

Renault also confirmed that Russian youngster Sergey Sirotkin will continue to work with the team in a reserve role, and will get more Friday practice run-outs through the 2017 F1 season.

F1 legend Alain Prost will also become more involved in Renault’s F1 project this year, taking up the role of special adviser. Prost has been a Renault ambassador for some time, but had been mainly concentrating on its Formula E interests with e.dams in recent years.