Renault Sport Places Its F1 Hope In All-New RS17

The 2017 season ushers in a new set of regulations for Formula One. And for Renault, that means a completely new design.

In fact the French outfit says that not a single part is shared between the car it used last year and the one you see here, unveiled before the gathered media in London today. It’s also the first completely new car the team has designed since returning to the Renault fold after several years under the Lotus banner.

With it, Renault Sport has worked up a new livery, still in its signature yellow and black, but with more of the latter and wearing the logos of its new partners at BP/Castrol. Even the powertrain is completely new, which is more than we could say for some of its rivals.

The questions is whether this clean-sheet competitor will be enough to return the team to winning form. The team based in Enstone last won the championship with Fernando Alonso in 2004 and 2005, and has dropped in form since then, finishing ninth last season at the back of the field. This down from the fifth-place finishes it took in the standings in 2010 and ’11 and fourth in 2012 and ’13.

To get there, Renault is putting the new RS17 in the hands of Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer. Both were there at the presentation in London, where Sergey Sirotkin was confirmed as the team’s reserve driver.

Photo Gallery

Harley-Davidson Halts LiveWire Electric Bike Production Over Charging Issue

The electric motorbike will top up its battery in 1 hour with a dedicated charger, but needs 10 hours with a standard home outlet.

Crashed Camaro ZL1 With Less Than 50 Miles Is Pleading To Be Saved From The Grave

The track-focused version of the Camaro has sustained damage both front and rear, yet even so it has, so far, attracted a highest bid of $20k.

Ringbrothers Provides Glimpse Of SEMA ’69 Camaro And Mustang Projects

Both the Ringbrothers Camaro and Mustang will feature powerful V8 engines.

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Revealed In All Its Glory

BMW is coming after Mercedes’ CLA with the new 2 Series Gran Coupe based on the 1 Series FWD hatch.

Europe’s 2020 Toyota Yaris Shows Its All-New Face Ahead Of Imminent Debut

First images reveal the design of the all-new Toyota Yaris/Vitz for Europe, Asia and other markets.

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Driver Runs Out Of Talent And Into A Tree

This W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 S crashed while leaving an event at a convention center in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Mazda Teases Interior Of Its First Production Electric Car

Mazda’s first-ever production EV will be a subcompact model packing the latest technologies and sustainable materials.

The Hyundai i30 Fastback N Is Already Getting A Facelift

The tweaked Hyundai i30 Fastback N will include revised headlights, taillights, and bumpers.

Faraday Future’s Troubled Founder Files For Bankruptcy In The U.S.

Jia Yueting needs to repay more than $3.6 billion to over 100 creditors following the collapse of LeEco.

2021 Genesis GV70 Compact Luxury SUV Shows Production Body For The First Time

The Genesis GV70 will go up against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the like.