Renault Sport Formula One Team reveals Renault RS18 vehicle

Doug Mendoza
February 22, 2018

With the team having shown strong vehicle development during 2017 while also undergoing further expansion of its workforce and facilities, Renault Sport Racing president Jerome Stoll is confident the latest auto will see the French constructor continue to close the gap to the top three teams.

Renault are the fifth team to reveal their 2018 challenger - the R.S 18 - following an online launch on Tuesday afternoon.

Renault, who have Germany's Nico Hulkenberg and Spaniard Carlos Sainz as their driver line-up, last won the championship with Spaniard Fernando Alonso in 2006. Furthermore, improvements have been made to Renault's Enstone factory in the a year ago, allowing the expanded team to put their affluence to good use. It'll be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 Renault R.W. 18 engine developed jointly by teams in England and France and also supplied to the McLaren and Red Bull Racing teams. We have two very talented and ambitious drivers.

How much progression has been seen at Enstone over the past two years? Renault made considerable progress in 2017 improving from ninth to sixth place in the 2017 constructors' standings, and the team is expected to improve its ranking further this year. Investment in drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr. will secure the team the talent necessary to win with a competitive chassis, which the team's managing director Cyril Abiteboul says will not arrive until next year.

"The success of the program in just two years is testament to the resilient plan laid down early in the creation of the team and the strong job done by Cyril [Abiteboul] and the entire Renault Sport Racing teams".

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The company's F1 engine chief Remi Taffin said: "We did see our power unit on the top step of the podium three times past year, so it's clear we have the potential to achieve our aspirations".

For 2018 we need to continue our upward trajectory.

"We have everything to be positive about this year". Without that we wouldn't have finished where we finished.

The Renault R.S.18 will make it's on track debut at the first test in Barcelona, from 26 February to 1 March. That's something we need to focus on, and we have worked hard on it over the winter. "For sure the main target is to take a step forward, both me as a driver and the whole team. I´m convinced this is going to be an exciting season".

"I'm grateful for the opportunity, and I've had a busy winter of preparing for what will be a demanding season of test driving and racing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with Russian Time".

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