RS17: F1 team Renault unveil new auto for 2017 season

Renault unveiled their 2017 Formula One vehicle on Tuesday and said it targetted fifth place in the championship and possible podium finishes after struggling among the backmarkers last season.

The four-time world champion was confirmed as the French team's special advisor at the launch of their 2017 vehicle in London on Tuesday. What is important is to give input and get the best decisions and strategy possible to be a winning team in the future.

Prost, who won the F1 World Drivers' Championship in 1993, will act as a special advisor on the executive committee at Renault and the team's hierarchy hope he can provide invaluable insight to drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer.

The RS17 was designed by a team under chief technical officer Bob Bell, and is the first "proper" Renault of the current era, after last year's auto was built in a hurry and derived from the previous year's Lotus.

The team's managing director Cyril Abiteboul said: "For 2017 we are perfectly placed to take the step forward we all desire".

"It is going to be a big challenge for them physically but I think it is very positive for F1 because it needed a new cycle and these cars are going to be very promising".

"I'm more interested in the drivers".

"I'm going to be in Barcelona on Monday and I'm going to be curious to hear what the drivers have to say after a few laps with the fast corners".

"What is important is Renault must become competitive and win very soon", Prost said.

Sergey Sirotkin will remain as Renault's reserve driver in F1 for a second consecutive year.

  • Julie Sanders