The Renault Sport Formula One Team is scheduled to take the wraps off its latest challenger on Tuesday 21 February with the Force India, Mercedes and Ferrari squads all following later that same week.
As has been well documented there’s a change to the driver line-up for 2017. Briton Jolyon Palmer stays after a strong debut season in 2016 but he will have a new team-mate in the guise of Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg.
More recently there has been a notable change off the track, too, with the team confirming it has parted ways with Frédéric Vasseur, formerly its Team Principal.
However the Renault Sport Racing brand and the F1 team will continue to be managed by President Jérôme Stoll and Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul.
It really is a case of ‘watch this space’ in the build up to 21 February and the new 20-race F1 season getting under way in Australia (Melbourne) on 26 March. In fact it’s a hectic schedule with grands prix in China (Shanghai), Bahrain (Sakhir) and Russia (Sochi) all to follow in April before a first foray into Europe (Spain – Barcelona – 14 May).
Significantly for UK Renault Sport enthusiasts it will be the British Grand Prix at Silverstone (16 July) which marks four decades since Renault first entered F1. Likewise turbocharged engines which Renault also brought into the sport with its innovative if somewhat troublesome-at-first RS01 model, driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille.
Initially many folk sniggered as the RS01 gained the nickname ‘Yellow Teapot’ for it was often seen slowing with smoke and steam pouring from its engine cover. Two years later (1979), after much refining of the technology, Jabouille won the French GP at Dijon in the team’s RS10 model using the latest Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6 turbo engine and how suddenly the sniggering stopped…
We’ll come onto that nearer the time of the British GP. Meanwhile here’s how to keep abreast of all things Renault Sport F1 in the coming weeks and months.