⦁ Drivers named at London launch event
⦁ Aiming for ‘points from every race’
⦁ ‘Our performance targets are clear’
The Renault Sport Formula One Team 2017 press kit, images and VNR footage can be found on http://www.renaultsport.com.
LONDON, England – Renault Sport has launched its 2017 Formula 1 championship challenger, the RS17, in the English capital during a showcase event for international media and team partners, in London, England.
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New partners and sponsors include BP, Castrol and MAPFRE and, the French automaker said, “the launch was also the first public revealing of the new Renault Sport brand identity the provides a stronger link between Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars”.
The car has no carry-over parts from the 2016 race car. “It is from a clean sheet to respond to Formula 1’s latest regulations and the first F1 car designed from the outset by Renault Sport Racing from its locations in Enstone in England and Viry-Châtillon in France.”
The RS17 was unveiled by race drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer. The third/reserve driver was identified as Sergey Sirotkin. Alain Prost was there as Renault Sport Racing’s special adviser.
The 2017 Renault Sport Academy drivers were also named: Jack Aitken, Max Fewtrell, Jarno Opmeer and Sun Yue Yang will be supported by Renault Sport Racing through their 2017 seasons. Aitken will race GP3, Fewtrell, Opmeer and Yang the Formula Renault Eurocup.
Jérôme Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing, said at the event: “The RS17 is the first car planned and developed by Enstone and Viry from the outset and we’re satisfied by the fruits – it’s a beautiful car.
“Our performance targets for 2017 are clear: a definite step forward in performance and results. Fifth position in the Constructors’ championship is our goal.”
‘STRONG LINE-UP AT ALL LEVELS’
Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing’s MD added: “We are perfectly placed to take the step forward we all desire. The RS17 is the result of many long working hours at two integrated locations and the result is a car of which we can be proud of.
“We have a strong line-up of personnel at all levels and a strong group of partners. We’re the fastest-growing F1 team. Now we now need to prove our track performance and score points at every round.”