The Renault RS17 has been launched at an event in London. The car will be driven in 2017
by Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer as Kevin Magnussen decided to switch to Haas F1. The team will have Sergey Sirotkin as its reserve driver, who will drive some of the Friday sessions. Alain Prost will join the team as a senior advisor of the Renault Sport Racing team. He will not have a day-to-day role but will advise to help them develop the best strategy for the future.
In the course of the launch Thierry Koskas, the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the Renault Group, spoke of the importance of F1 to Renault in terms of its innovation, heritage, inspiration and technology.
The team’s chairman Jerome Stoll said that he expects the team to finish fifth in the Constructors’ World Championship, compared to last year’s ninth place. This will be a big step forward but CEO Cyril Abiteboul said that Renault has been investing more money in the team than all of its rivals and has been working hard to recruit new people, some of whom will not join the team until 2018. The technical team at Enstone is hedaed by Chief Technical Officer Bob Bell, with Technical Director Nick Chester.
The team has partnerships this year with Infiniti, Micosoft Dynamics, Castrol and the Spanish insurance company Mapfre.