To meet the new regulations, Renault Sport Racing started from a clean sheet in designing the new 2017 racer. Development work harnessed the outstanding chassis engineering capabilities of the Enstone team in the UK along with the prime powertrain engineering expertise of the Viry Chatillon centre in France. The end result is a car that’s worlds apart from its predecessor.
The R.S.17 is the first racer planned and developed by Enstone and Viry working together from the outset, and we’re delighted with the outcome: it’s a fantastic car. Then on top of the excitement with R.S.17 itself, there’s the arrival of a valuable new partner in the form of BP, through its BP and Castrol brands. For 2017 we’ve set ourselves clear targets, in the form of tangible progress in performance and results. Specifically, we’re looking at fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship.”
Jérôme Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing
Drivers Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hulkenberg unveiled the new car alongside Thierry Koskas (Groupe Renault executive vice-president for sales & marketing) and Cyril Abitboul (managing director of Renault Sport Racing). Also on the Renault Sport Racing team we find Alain Prost as special advisor.
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for, and it sees us ideally placed for crossing the next challenging threshold in 2017. The R.S.17 is the outcome of a great deal of very hard work at our two sites working together as a team. It really does us proud! Then we have an outstanding personnel line-up across the whole team, and we’re delighted to see Nico and Sergey alongside Jolyon in 2017. As the Formula 1 team with the strongest all-round growth on the scene today, we’re now after proving our on-track performance, by scoring points at every meeting.”
Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing
Renault F1 team : the press conference