In their second full season back in the sport, Renault are targeting fifth place for Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer in the R.S.17
WHAT’S NEW ? Nico Hülkenberg arrives, having hoped to reconnect with Frédéric Vasseur, who guided him to F3 and GP2 titles. But Vasseur has quit as team principal. Ex-Red Bull man Pete Machin is now head of aero and Ciaron Pilbeam is chief race engineer, while engine boss Rob White relocates from Viry-Châtillon to Enstone as operations director.
F1 RA CING’S VERDICT Last year was all about restructuring, and that continues for 2017. It’s a long-term project, but Renault have the budget to score regular points.
TEAM DETAILS Name Renault Sport Racing Ltd Address Whiteways Technical Centre, Enstone, Oxfordshire, OX7 4EE, UK Chassis R.S.17 Engine Renault R.E.17 Website renaultsport.com Twitter @RenaultSportF1
KEY PERSONNEL President Jérome Stoll Managing director Cyril Abiteboul Chief technical officer Bob Bell Chassis technical director Nick Chester Engine technical director Rémi Taffin
TEAM HISTORY Founded 1977 First GP Britain 1977 Races started 321 Wins 35 Poles 51 Fastest laps 31 Points 1,326 Drivers’ titles 2 Constructors’ titles 2