Renault take the wraps off RS18 F1 auto

F1 Renault pulls covers off R.S.18 F1 car

Abiteboul commented on the Renault Sport Racing website.

That area has been a key point of attention for the team this winter and, speaking after the reveal of its new RS18, technical chief Bob Bell is clear that it needs to do things very differently this year to make things more robust. The financial terms of the deal have not yet been made public.

Renault Sport Racing President Jérôme Stoll has praised the work of the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team and said that Renault's 2017 performance is one of a team "on the rise".

They will be using an up-to-date Ferrari engine, rather than the year-old model used in 2017, and have attempted over the winter to produce a much more competitive auto. I am convinced year three will take us one step closer to the long-term aim: "winning races and challenging for championships". We have two very talented and ambitious drivers.

"Jack has been nurtured in the Renault Sport Academy so we've seen his development over the past couple of years", Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul said.

The French marque's late charge helped them beat Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda into sixth place in the Constructors' Championship - albeit in contentious circumstances following a row over customer Renault power units - and Stoll believes that the progress shown is encouraging. 2016 was all about recruiting, investing, bringing in new sponsors, new talents and building our brand. We want to be able to showcase our progression in every regard; power unit, chassis, operations, drivers. Piloting the RS18 will be Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz in the driver's seat, with Sainz taking the seat for the last four races of the 2017 season.

Renault Sport intends to challenge top teams for the championship in the near future, though this season is likely to be used to build a foundation for future seasons.

"And continue improving our performance during the course of the season". Ultimately, we finished in sixth position, which was still a strong result.

"We have everything to be positive about this year", added the 40-year old. "We want to demonstrate this in many different ways, from the teams we will be directly racing against, to the gap to the leaders, including also our fan base and the respect that our team will inspire in our way we behave on and off track".

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