Jolyon Palmer’s new car was unveiled on Tuesday as Renault Sport Formula One Team launched its 2017 challenger, the R.S.17.
The car was presented at a showcase event in front of international media and team partners in London.
Highlighting new partners and sponsors, including BP, Castrol and MAPFRE, the launch was also the first public revealing of the new Renault Sport brand identity, designed to provide a stronger link between Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars.
Powered by Renault Sport Racing’s R.E.17 power unit, the R.S.17 has no carry over parts from the R.S.16. The team has worked from a clean sheet of paper to respond to Formula One’s latest regulations.
It is the first Formula 1 car designed from the outset by Renault Sport Racing from its two locations in Enstone, England and Viry-Châtillon, France.
The R.S.17 was unveiled by drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Palmer, whilst third and reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin was also announced.
Jérôme Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing, said: “It’s a beautiful car. As well as the excitement of the R.S.17 itself, we also have a highly important new partner in BP through their BP and Castrol brands.
“For 2017 our performance targets are clear. We want to take a definite, tangible step forward in performance and results. Fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship is our goal.”
Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport racing managing Director, added: “For 2017 we are perfectly placed to take the step forward we all desire.
“We have a strong line-up of personnel at all levels of the team and we’re proud to see Nico and Sergey join Jolyon in 2017. We are the fastest growing F1 team and we now need to prove our performance on track. Our objective is to score points at every round.”