Renault today launched the RS17, the car they hope will propel them up to the fifth fastest team this upcoming season.
Unveiled in front of an audience on Tuesday afternoon, the new Renault design follows the general trends that we have seen already from both Williams and Sauber. A revised colour scheme sees more black incorporated into the design, and that is also noted by the striking drivers overalls – yellow at the bottom and black at the top, almost half and half between preseason 2016 and what was run for the rest of the season.
2017 rules elements have made a large change on the design of the car, including that of the delta shaped front wing (something the team expect to evolve before Barcelona), the new shorter, but wider rear wing, and the expected trend towards shark fins now seen on all three of the cars launched so far.
Nico Hulkenberg, the lead driver for the team in 2017 was joined by Jolyon Palmer at the launch, along with Reserve Driver Sergey Sirotkin. He will take an expanded role this season, taking part in more FP1 sessions than previously.
Former multiple World Champion Alain Prost has been brought on-board as a ‘Special Advisor’ to the team, and although not in a day-to-day will assist with development. Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul outlined that they were the fastest growing team on the grid, notable with new personnel including Pete Machin from Red Bull and Ciaron Pilbeam from McLaren, with ambitions on claiming fifth place in the World Championship this season, which will mean consistently scoring points throughout the season.
Nico Hulkenberg will drive the car for the first time on a filming day at Barcelona on Friday, ahead of Winter Testing which starts on Monday.