Renault Sport Formula 1 Team have officially unveiled their 2017 challenger, the R.S.17 in London, making them the third team to launch their car.
Renault returned to Formula 1 last season after taking over the former Lotus F1 Team, this compromised their preparations and were forced to run an adapted version of the 2015 Lotus design. The R.S.16 lacked downforce and power, improvements were made throughout the season but car development was limited, as their focus switched to the new regulations being introduced this season.
Jolyon Palmer progressed well during his rookie campaign, which led to the decision to retain him for this season, despite only one point to his name compared to the seven that Kevin Magnussen scored. Despite this good performance from Magnussen, he was dropped in favour of Nico Hulkenberg who will join the Enstone based outfit from Sahara Force India F1 Team, Magnussen will continue his F1 career with Haas F1 Team. Alongside Palmer and Hulkenberg, Sergey Sirotkin has been promoted to the role of third and Reserve driver for the French manufacturer and they also announced that Alain Prost will join the team as a special advisor.
The 2017 Formula 1 season will mark 40 years since Renault first entered the championship.
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) February 21, 2017