French manufacturer Renault has finally launched it’s 2017 Formula One car, named the R.S.17 at an event in London. Renault’s executive members, business partners and drivers were present at the event along with several journalists and photographers. The R.S.17 features a half yellow- half black and yellow livery.
The front part of the car is completely yellow and the rear is a combination with black as the primary colour and yellow as the secondary colour. The car features plenty of sponsorship this time around and they have been synced in to perfection. I am in awe of the new livery and feel that they have made significant gains in terms of the design to say the least.
Speaking about the technical part of the car, the R.S.17 unsurprisingly features a Shark Fin Engine Cover which reduces drag and increases downforce. Also, a Thumb design identical to that of Williams and Sauber has been used for the front wing. The car also features a double intake above the cockpit which will improve the air intake of the car. The new colour scheme has almost camouflaged the all-important Barge Boards. Apart from the Shark Fin, the car doesn’t feature any major aerodynamic parts.
The new car will use the brand new Renault RE17 power unit designed specifically for the new season. The French manufacturer is looking to have the upper hand in engines over Mercedes, Ferrari and Honda. Red Bull and Toro Rosso will also use Renault power units for the forthcoming season.
Renault has also signed Alain Prost into the team committee and this could turn out to be a very significant move. Prost, a four time world champion was a very technical driver who could comprehend the car inside out and also explain the issues perfectly to his engineers. Prost’s immense knowledge about Formula One cars could prove to be key as the car develops over the course of the season.
I would rate this car an 8.75 on a scale of 10 based on both, the livery and raw car design.
Renault Sport do not have high hopes for 2017 and aim to finish 5th in the Constructors’ Championship. The French team target to reach the top by taking step after step.
Hopefully, Renault Sport will achieve more than their goal this season and their drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer will surely help them to do so. I wish Renault Sport a really strong year ahead!