Bob Bell, Nico Hulkenberg, Jolyon Palmer, Jerome Stoll, Alain Prost, Sergey Sirotkin, Thierry Koskas, Cyril Abiteboul, Renault RS17, 2017

Pictures: Renault’s new F1 car for 2017 breaks cover

2017 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The first pictures of the new Renault RS17 for 2017 have been revealed.

The RS17 features a new Renault Sport brand identity with several areas of the car which were yellow now painted black. Renault says the new look will be used across a range of racing disciplines.

“It’s a beautiful car,” declared Renault Sport president Jerome Stroll. “The R.S.17 is the first car which Enstone and Viry have been able to plan and develop from the outset and we’re satisfied by the fruits of this interaction.”

Renault RS17, 2017
Renault RS17
Stroll said the team should achieve “a definite, tangible step forward in performance and results” in 2017. “Fifth position in the constructors’ championship is our goal,” he added. The team ended last year in ninth place.

Team principal Cyril Abiteboul said he expects “strong progress” from the team this year.

“The expectations are significant, though equally, we are still growing and the fruits of new personnel and new infrastructure do take time to filter through. In terms of performance, we will be a lot faster than last year, that’s for sure.”

Chief technical officer Bob Bell also hinted at major gains in performance from the new car. “This is the chassis equivalent to the power unit regulation changes of 2014, and it’s certainly more fundamental than the last big chassis change in 2009.”

“The desire for the change was to make the cars a lot quicker and with a more modern appearance without compromising safety. The numbers we’re looking at for lap time improvement does represent a sea-change in terms of performance.”

Renault is heading into its second season since taking over the former Lotus team. Nico Hulkenberg has joined its driver line-up in place of Kevin Magnussen, while Jolyon Palmer remains for a second season.

Alain Prost, who won his final world title with Renault power in 1993, attended the launch in his capacity as special advisor to the team. The four-times champion predicted the new, wider generation of F1 cars reminded him of the old days, would increase the challenge for drivers and make the sport more spectacular.

The team also confirmed GP2 racer Sergey Sirotkin as their third and reserve driver.

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151 comments on “Pictures: Renault’s new F1 car for 2017 breaks cover”

    1. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
      21st February 2017, 14:56

      Me too haha.
      After yesterdays mutual Sauber hatred it seems we have similar livery tastes

      1. It looks angry and aggressive, cool.

    2. I didn’t like it at first but now I’ve seen some more shots, it looks really mean. We’re certainly getting some interesting airbox designs this year!

  1. So… much… black….

    1. same story as yesterday, fantastic looking car, a bit disappointed with the livery, they dipped the nose in paint and forgot about the rest. The regulations at least are making these things amazing.

      They look enormous, especially now that we seen one next to people.

      The rear tyres look great

      Shame we cannot appreciate the details with the black background, and it probably won’t be any easier, the tracks are dark as well. They should have kept last year’s livery, and minor tweaks only

      1. @johnmilk, “they dipped the nose in paint and forgot about the rest” ahahaha!!!!!!!! Brilliant!

        I totally agree, the car looks great but that livery… meh… and that shark fin!… I really hope that this is the last car with the fin!

        1. it won’t be unfortunately @gordess

        2. @gordess I really don’t get why people complain about shark fins. It’s not like the thumb noses which are there because the rules effectively created them. They’re there to serve an aerodynamic purpose.

          1. Well you are in a minority. Wheel covers were for aero too. Sooo?

            Bin the fin

          2. Don’t get me wrong @keithcollantine, I know that they serve a purpouse. That doesn’t mean that I find them aesthetically pleasing…
            But I will say this, after seeing a side picture of the car on the official F1 website, it is not as bad as I originally thought (knee-jerk reaction, I guess). And it does give the car an even more agressive look!

            Anyway, it doesn’t really matter, as long as it can deliver on the “5th on the championship” promise!

            (https://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2017/2/renault-launch-the-r-s-17-in-london/_jcr_content/articleContent/manual_gallery/image3.img.2048.medium.jpg/1487692605456.jpg)

          3. Not really a good argument I think Keith. Which one would you prefer a Gumpert Apollo or a McLaren P1? And guess which one was designed for every single part to have a function and with complete disregard for aesthetics.

          4. I don’t like shark-fins but I much prefer them to what they had last year – the straight line fin that stuck out at the rear.

            The natural shape of the cars is beautiful so without any sort of fin attached, they would look stunning but if they required, the shark-fin looks much more aggressive.

          5. I don’t mind the look of the “shark fins”, either. May be a dumb question but won’t the fins present a problem with strong cross winds?

          6. I like the shark fin. I think aesthetically it’s a good thing.
            And it’s also a great name – “shark fin”. At least it’s not called something like “camel’s hump” or “flamingo’s arse”.
            A “shark fin”, grrrr…angry!!

          7. ExcitedAbout17
            21st February 2017, 19:24

            It disrupts (even ruins) an otherwise beautifully sculpted design.

          8. I’m also with @keithcollantine on this one.

            I always liked shark fins. They have a purpose. They look good!

          9. Keith, can you explain the thumb noses and why they were created by the rules? I read the same somewhere else but it wasn’t explained? Can we expect Mercedes to have that thumb too? Thanks

          10. @keithcollantine Shark fin and yellow livery. Somebody call Eddie Jordan – there’s a missed opportunity right here!

      2. ExcitedAbout17
        21st February 2017, 19:27

        agree @johnmilk, and thanks for commenting on the design first and livery afterwards.
        I always thought that nutters who frequent this site would focus on the sculpted bodies first. But it surprises me how many comments purely focus on the colours.

        1. looks awesome @gordess

          shame those are the mild-seven colours, a return is unlikely. but much better than the bumblebee wannabe.

    2. @gordess Indeed – good for hiding aerodynamic detail, not so good for heat rejection.

      1. I’m with @keithcollantine on this one, I really don’t see the issue with the shark fins.. at least they’re not the full on billboards some of the WEC cars have! Pretty sure I read somewhere (possibly scarbs) that some teams could possible loose them/make them smaller after a few races if they aren’t seeing any sort of gain from them.

        As for the ‘thumb’ I’d happily take those over the hideous platypus noses or the gentleman sausage noses.

        I love the look of both the Sauber and the Renault.. another step closer to the mental looking 2008 era which I loved aesthetically!

        I like the way the teams seem to be going with the chunky/wide airboxes too!

        Roll on tomorrow’s launch!

      2. @keithcollantine, given that most of the heat transfer from the engine will be through convective heat transfer via the radiators, rather than radiative heat transfer through the engine cover, surely it will make next to no difference if they have painted the rear of th car black instead of any other colour.

        Teams like McLaren and Force India, which use predominantly black liveries, or similarly teams like Red Bull and Toro Rosso (with their relatively dark blue liveries), have not had any issues with heat rejection – equally, when this team ran a completely black livery whilst competing as Lotus, there were never any reports of heat rejection issues. Usually, most issues with heat rejection have come from problems with internal airflow through the sidepods and internal ducts rather than the external bodywork colour.

  2. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
    21st February 2017, 14:52

    Definitely worth the excruciating wait! Loving the new regs (aesthetically at least).

    1. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
      21st February 2017, 14:54

      I know I’m in the minority but I’m even liking the shark fins this time round, they look menacing.

      1. G. (@greggriffiths)
        21st February 2017, 14:56

        agreed, agreed, agreed, agreed, agreed. all the way.

        LOVE THIS CAR (as i did last year)

      2. @rdotquestionmark Have to agree with you, I really like the look of the shark fins. I was never really that bothered by them so I can’t see why people feel so strongly about them.

        1. Agreed. Some people really seem to dislike them but I don’t think it worsens the look of the cars at all (slightly improves if anything).

          They are hardly monstrosities on the scale of the 2012 stepped noses or 2014 finger noses.

          1. But senna didn’t have sharkfins! *throws Toy out of pram*

      3. @rdotquestionmark in my opinion shark fins don’t destroy completely the look of the car, as it does for some.

        The problem that I have with them is that disrupts the general shape of the car and how the lines of it flow. The cars have this almost silhouette like shape in the engine cover (is this why men like F1 so much??), and the shark fin brakes with those lines, making it very straight and arsh, it isn’t comfortable to my eyes.

        Still the improvement from last year (apart from the livery) is outstanding

        1. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
          21st February 2017, 16:04

          @johnmilk Yes I can appreciate that. Beauty is completely subjective after all. I think the fins look futuristic and aggressive and I think they compliment and work with the lines of the car as opposed to the forced step noses for example. I suppose the cars of 2007/2008 raised similar questions, some loved the radical aero and some hated the cluttered lines (are you an E type Jag fan or do you prefer the vulgarity of an RS Focus?) 😁. Personally I like both.

          1. Ahah am I that easy to read @rdotquestionmark? I would go for the jag if I am honest, but I can appreciate the focus as well.

            For me the shark fin is like mixing a bit of the focus in the jag, doesn’t really work.

            I do agree with you in one point, they do look more agressive.

            We won’t ever be on the same side so at least I am glad that some fans like, after all is just a detail that we will soon ignore as soon as these beauties hit the track.

          2. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
            21st February 2017, 16:40

            Ha but did you like the shark fin on the D type Jag? 😂 @johnmilk Like you say it’s a minor detail but a talking point at least. Be interesting to see if all teams incorporate it, I’m guessing so.

          3. I try not to look at it @rdotquestionmark as I don’t like asymetrical things, and it hurts my brain.

            I’m expecting them to, especially because it improves aerodynamic efficiency. Nice to see that the 3 cars showned until now have different cuts on it, a bit of diversity is always welcomed.

  3. It really is a striking looking car in itself, lovely sweeping nose and sidepods, very aggressive, but that livery, so disappointing, urgh.

    1. It’ll just be a testing livery again I bet.

      1. They had that last season, did they? All black with bits of yellow, and then showed up all yellow in Australia?

  4. Air box is split into 4!

  5. is the shark fin mandatory? Sauber had it too, but man, i find that so distracting and ugly.

    1. It is aerodynamically beneficial with the low rear wing so pretty much all teams would do it

      1. I’m not a huge fan of the shark fins, but I can live with them. Having the fin be taller than the wing is a bit off-putting though.

    2. Shark fin looks ok. The front wings are a mess though. Looks like they’ve been driving around ploughing up pieces of carbon.

      1. the car from the side, with the shark fin, looks like a chopped off hot-rod. It owuld have been more elegant without it, but i understand it’s an aero advantage and has a purpose.

        I made this quickly in PS to see how it would look without the fin and it would’ve looked so stremalined: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16381741/RS17-sharkfin.jpg

  6. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
    21st February 2017, 14:54

    Loving the airbox…

    1. Me too @willliam-brierty, the front wings, noses and a some other parts of the cars might still look very similar this yer, but at least we seem to be back to an era where theams experiment with different airboxes, reminds me of the time (well, images and recordings of the time, wasn’t watching F1 until couple of decades later) when they first started sporting airboxes on F1 cars.

    2. Agreed, that is a really nice looking solution.

      The sidepods are really striking too, they are miniscule.

    3. Hating that airbox, and especially the front-on look of the part between the airbox and the headrest… apart from the thumb nose and the silly front wing mounts the car looks much fiercer than the Sauber and Williams!

  7. I would rather have that hideous ING-inspired livery back than this. Was hoping for colour: we get monochrome.

    1. Yellow is practically the least monochrome colour? Very vibrant

      1. G. (@greggriffiths)
        21st February 2017, 15:40

        For once I agree with you@hugh11

        Well said

        1. Lawrence andrade
          21st February 2017, 16:18

          Monochrome means one color. Yellow is monochrome

          1. Yellow, black, white, green and red is not monochrome though Is it?

          2. monochrome
            ˈmɒnəkrəʊm,mɒnə(ʊ)ˈkrəʊm/Submit
            noun
            1.
            a photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.
            adjective
            1.
            (of a photograph or picture, or a television screen) consisting of or displaying images in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.

            Either way, black and yellow isn’t monochrome.

          3. ExcitedAbout17
            21st February 2017, 19:32

            Fully agree with you @hugh11, at least I would want to fully agree with you, but…
            Technically black is not a colour; it is the lack of light/colour.
            Therefore a black and yellow car is monochrome ;)

      2. The car is largely still black/gray, the colour that dominates the field. That’s what I mean by monochrome: the field, not this car.

  8. Another ugly shark-fin :(

    I hated the way they looked last time & was glad they were banned, They sadly look just as hideous now! :(

    1. At least the shark fin serves an explained specific purpose unlike the thumb noses from several years ago.

    2. Shark fin looks great!
      Super aggressive, looks like a deranged psychopathic mutant.

  9. Mon dieu! I love the look of that.

  10. I really like most of the car. The livery looks nice, and the shape of the car overall looks good. However, we need a ban on thumb noses for next season. It ruins the look of this car slightly.

  11. Well, I love the colours. And if they’ve improved the engine as much as Horner says, then it’s very good for the future of this team.

  12. I kinda like it. Reminds me of the Yellow/Black look they had when Kubica was driving.

    So far I quite like the look of the new cars. Might be in the minority here but I rather liked the shark-fin look – I just wish they’d come up with a more dynamic nose design than the weird thumb-thingy.

    1. @rocketpanda

      Reminded me about the Kubica time as well!

      I’m liking the looks of the 2017 cars a lot. They look aggressive and mean. Despite what people are saying about the Sauber and Renault so far, I think both their liveries are significantly better than last year, and the shark fin definitely improves the aesthetics of the car for me.

      Looking forward to the Red Bull, Mercs and Ferrari launch. I’m sure they’ll have some cracking looking cars.

    2. Have to agree @rocketpanda, I think the cars look great so far. Think we’re going to have a diverse looking grid this year. Looking forward to seeing them on track, that’s when I think we’ll really be able to appreciate the changes

  13. Really disapointed with the livery… I really think last year’s was a lot better (the racing yellow, not the testing black).

    And really dislike the fin, even more now because what I hadn’t noticed in the Sauber (probably because it was black) is that the fin streches a long way back and is a lot higher than the rear wing! I think it really looks bad, the FIA shouldn’t have permited the return of the shark fin!

    1. The shark fins also stretched way back and were a lot higher than the rear wing in the past.

        1. @geemac, @hahostolze, I didn’t even remember we had shark fins back then!! I was thinking more of these, when the shark fin was basically the same height as the rear wing:

          http://adn.gpupdate.net/news/146648.jpg

          All in all I think it looked less terrible then they do now!

          1. This. Exactly my thoughts.

  14. .<blockquoteAlain Prost, who won his final world title with Renault power in 1993, attended the launch in his capacity as special advisor to the team. The four-times champion predicted the new, wider generation of F1 cars reminded him of the old days, would increase the challenge for drivers and make the sport more spectacular.

    I hope he knows these cars now come with power steering, drink dispenser and an audio jukebox.

    1. call it progress, maybe you should watch the 1983 season instead of 2017?

      1. you won that year, didn’t you Nelson?

        1. yes it was pretty good

  15. I really don’t see much difference. The fact that the rear wing is lower barely has any weight on the overall aesthetics of these cars. 2008 cars looked so much better. Whole this rule change seems so pointless and superficial.

    1. 2008 was a mess, i think this are the best looking cars since 1997

      1. 97 was a high water mark and these aren’t there. Too many appendages but better than the last step change in 2008

    2. “Whole this rule change seems so pointless and superficial.”
      That’s a weird thing to say. Wider cars look better. Fact. And looks as such are superficial. But the whole point was to improve the looks (amongst others), so the changes are not pointless.

      1. @damon wide cars don’t “look better. Fact.”, they “look better. Opinion.”

        Personally I think they do look better too but it doesn’t mean everybody has to agree

      2. I don’t think we’ll get a real perspective of the size and shape until we see them on track

      3. @damon Perhaps you should learn the difference between facts and opinions.

      4. @damon
        You need to learn the meaning of word “fact”. And your point about point of the rules being to improve looks, is why is say it was superficial.

    3. You will notice it much more when the cars are racing due to the camera angles used

    4. The back certainly looks very different Biggsy, as @damon alludes too, wider looking cars do look less like a limousine.

      I wasn’t really super convinced we needed the bigger tyres, but then looking at the Williams, and this car from the back, that looks a lot better to be hanging behind for laps on end than it did last year :p

      Also, the RS17 doesn’t seem as long in the nose as the Sauber, making the width stand out more, and the side-vane looks very different too, as does moving up those cooling slots besides the engine air-intake.

      1. The cars do look ace from the back @bosyber

    5. 2008 looked horrible, with those stupid front wings

  16. I just finished watching the event live.
    The shark fin is ugly and so is the humped nose. The front wing looks retardedly complex and one can only imgaine how much more garbage they will add onto it later.

  17. Tim-Oliver Weiß
    21st February 2017, 15:04

    Best looking car so far!

  18. It looks very aggressive. Very striking and muscular. I like the shark fins and I liked them in 2010. They make it look very mean. These regs seemed to have worked from the looks point of view. Thats a bad mans race car!

  19. As we really needed more black on liveries…

  20. Much better than last year’s livery! Yeah, they combined it with black, but black, yellow and white are part of Renault, so it’s appropiate.

  21. Striking to realise how much longer these cars are than previous cars. Compare to 2008, but also 2009 and later. Those cars looked more compact and more in balance. Bigger tires help the picture a bit in 2017 but the cars look ungainly long, especially with the still rather naked sidepods.

    1. @hahostolze When you see the side-by-side comparison that @keithcollantine made for Sauber and Williams, the difference in length seems minimal.

    2. @hahostolze I was about to comment about this too. So far, none of the cars look wider, they just look incredibly long! that shot from above really makes you realize that these cars wouldn’t look out of place alongside intercity trains… That littke R27 from the picture looks so much better proportioned (even on that weird livery). Sure it had a small tank but today’s cars use less fuel and have 4 cylinders less, they shouldn’t look this long!

  22. Like it!
    – Most likely an interim test livery like last year
    – Liking the shark fins too – but what purpose do they serve? I understand the need back in the F-duct days but we saw these back in 2008 and they’ve been absent since

    1. @swh1386 It helps to keep turbulent air away from the rear wing, especially while the car is in yaw (i.e. when cornering).

    2. They control the airflow to the rear wing when cornering to have more consistent downforce. They were introduced in 2008. by Renault and by the end of the season copied by many teams.
      At the end of 2010 season they added an imaginery box in front of the rear wing where no bodywork could be placed so to prevent teams from running with F-Duct systems. That meant that sharkfins were much smaller and in 2011. it was only used by HRT. Red Bull trialed it in pre-season testing, but opted not to use it.

    3. They weren’t needed with the high rear wings. Now with the lower rear wing, they kind of stabilize and guide the air flow over the rear wing.

  23. love it espesially from the rear looking forwards, man it looks like a real f1 car again and very very fast
    the tyres are sooo important. it`s the best looking of the 3 cars so far
    if only they could get rid of the Fish gill front wings, and its a bit long i think
    but it`s a huge step in the right direction
    can` wait to see it in action

  24. How strange, I was thinking that this livery would get a massive thumbs up from everybody. It looks heaps better than last years bland yellow livery, to me that looked really half hearted. This year it looks bold and somewhat similar to the 2010 car, which for me anyway can only be a good thing as I thought it was the best F1 livery in years. I do agree with the shark fins though, does make the cars look a bit strange. So far i’m a happy boy in general, love the new Sauber and really digging this Renault.

  25. G. (@greggriffiths)
    21st February 2017, 15:14

    dont agree that this is better. i didtn want the same as last year but it would have been better than this. thats too much black – fo rme at least. it woudl have helped to have wider stirpes towards the back of the car and over the sidepods. but i still dont hate it. :):)

    the car – aesthetics – exactly what i wanted to see (an im one of the few who doesnt mind the shark fins) all in – a car im itching to see on the track

    1. G. (@greggriffiths)
      21st February 2017, 15:20

      re look – i thought the black was shiny like last years test car (which i detested) – but that matte is winning me over the more i see it. im even more itchy ;))

      1. G. (@greggriffiths)
        21st February 2017, 15:42

        Another relook and I’m doubting my first judgment…Still would have liked more yellow…But that image from the top makes it look a lot more outstanding…Good work

        1. G. (@greggriffiths)
          21st February 2017, 16:54

          ok – heres a shock – new images = i am now back in luv with the Renault F1 Car (RS17)

  26. Actually looks pretty good. Looking forward to seeing these new cars on track.

    I also liked how the French accent saying “rookie” sounded like “wookie” during the presentation. Hope the updated PUs have a decent wookie roar :)

    1. Noticed that too @JC, it made me go – huh? then cluckle as I got it was ‘rookie’ they meant :)

  27. Quite interesting that Williams are the only team thus far that don’t have a proper shark fin, be really nice if there is a lot of variety this year from team to team.

    1. G. (@greggriffiths)
      21st February 2017, 15:21

      dont count your chickens – williams only sent out a computer mockup. not that it would be a bad thing for there to be no shark fin ;)

  28. A handsome car except for the nose.

    Love the shark fin. From the rear quarter it looks Batmobile-esque!

    As for the livery, it seems to be sitting uncomfortably between last year’s Renault and the Lotuses it replaced.

  29. Beautiful car! A bit less black and no shark fin and it would be perfect. Nevertheless the look of the cars so far is definitely an improvement over previous generation

    1. G. (@greggriffiths)
      21st February 2017, 15:42

      Well summed up

  30. They do kind of look like boats.

  31. Nice car overall but I HATE these engine covers, they should have banned the shark fins they ruin they curves of the car imo

    1. @Matthew Coyne

      Yeah, couldn’t these strategic group boffins have gone just that much further to ban these shark fins. If they do something, why can’t they do it perfectly?

  32. I’m not a fan of this or Sauber so far. Because of how long they are they don’t even look that wide, they just look huge.

    1. Yes, the proportions aren’t right. The 2016 cars with 2017 tires looked more aggressive because the tires dominated in a way they don’t with the new regs. Sad. I miss the proportions of the early 2000s cars. The fat tires, short wheelbases, big wings. That was aggressive. This is … LMP1-esque in a way.

  33. I dunno, maybe it’s the uninspired livery, but this doesn’t do much for me… and I’m really hating on the shark fins… why are they back?

    1. To stabalize the airco to the real wing. I don’t like them either. It makes the car look like a sailboat to me.

    2. I think the shark fins will be gone in a few races. I dont think they work as good in the real world as in the wind tunnel.

  34. That’s not a shark fin; it’s just an estate.

  35. The cars are longer and not much wider at all imho.

    Both the Sauber yesterday and now the Renault seems to have a ‘size-zero’ approach to the packaging, resulting in very tight side pods. The only things that make the ‘car’ 2m wide is the bardgebords that stick out and the width of the plank. Longer, heavier but not really wider….. I have to agree with Hamilton here, it looks more like a boat than anything else.

    The frontwings look a little bit more agressive the ‘sweaped-back’ effect is less than I anticipated, they seem to be keeping the square looking noses with the thumb-thingy sticking out like a..eh… sore thumb and the shark vin takes away from the focus on the lower/wider rear wing and makes it look even more like a sailing boat to me.

    As for the Renault livery, I kinda like it but it’s underwhelming. The black top and yellow legs on the overalls are terrible imho. I did think it was cool that Renault made an event out of it though, teams don’t do that too much anymore wich makes F1 seem less important.

  36. Interesting, but ooo much black for my taste.

  37. Interesting, but too much black for my taste.

  38. The problem with last year’s Renault was not enough black. This year there’s a little too much black, but I think it looks much better than last year.
    Awesome livery, but compared to the best yellow liveries – Branson-Hedges Jordan and Renault 2010 – it’s not as good.

  39. If only the front wing were to be smaller. d

  40. I like it.

  41. Oh dear. The overalls. They are so terrible. Urgh.

    1. Lol, I thought the same.

  42. Those new cars are kind of better looking… but they look “forced” at the same time. Don’t know why. Something is unnatural about them.

  43. I like the colors – definitely looks mean. Maybe there’s a little too much black. The front wings on the new cars just look too big and complicated to me. Maybe they could simplify them sometime in the future. I’m sure that would cut down on costs. Also, the floors look disproportionately huge as well. I think I will refer to them as a pie plate.

  44. Racecar is racecar backwards
    21st February 2017, 16:57

    With the cars seemingly getting longer every year will they ever have to have a shorter wheelbase chassis just for Monaco. I can see the hilarious scenes as they all pile in to the hairpin on the first lap only to get stuck and cause a massive jam.

  45. Why are people so down on the shark fins? They look fine to me.

  46. What is the aerodynamic benefit of a shark fin?

  47. F1 should be more like yatch racing. At the end of the season, every team can look at the cars from the other teams. This way teams only have an advantage for one year plus as long as it takes to copy and implement the earth shaking breakthroughs.

  48. My first reaction to the front view is that the combination of the suspension arms and the front wing give the car a “skeletal” look. Interesting but not aesthetically appealing for me.

    Re: the livery:

    Side view: the sharp cut off from yellow to black half way back is rather jarring and abrupt. It’s like two separate designs were stuck together.

  49. Well… The fins are terrible… But all other details are awesome.

    Also, why are cars so long… Weight increase and boom they grow in length.

    Cars would look better shorter and finless.

  50. Tommy Scragend
    21st February 2017, 18:36

    Best of the three so far.

    Really don’t like the shark fins though. I can understand why they have them – aerodynamics gets you more points than aesthetics, after all – but they just look terrible. Can someone invent invisibility paint?

  51. I agree with the ‘too much black’, but yeah looks mean and cool.

    I can live with the nose too.

  52. Gorgeous car and livery. Beautiful, clean use of two tone. I prefer a nice simple livery, can’t stand when they’re too busy. Also, those front wing supports are stunning. And strangely enough I like the shark fin this time around, I guess the WEC helped me get used to them. Overall these new cars are a huge step forward in aesthetics, they look like proper GP cars again. The thumb nose is my only complaint.

  53. Looks like they’re running a lot of rake on that car, based on the side-one shot … one wonders how it will compare to the Red Bull in that respect.

    1. Red bull seems to run twice as much rake as everyone else. I heard this year the red bull drivers will be standing not sirtting in the cars.

  54. We couldn’t decide whether to make it yellow or black…

  55. The new cars look fantastic so far. Whether or not they will race well or not is to be seen. Cannot wait to see these cars in action in Melbourne!

  56. Aggressive and gorgeous!! I like it a lot! :)

  57. The wheelbases are huge! Thanks driver is now miles away from the rear wheels! Looks ungainly.

    It’s probably to accommodate the longer, higher diffuser without making the engine and gearbox higher, raising the COG. Still, disappointing.

    1. So instead of making fhe car longer, do the rules allow tunnel type of diffusers?

  58. Its looking really good but i think the cars are to long and its especially visible on this car. They should shorten them by 1m.

  59. Hm, looks like there are some interesting details on this car. For example the way how they extended the FW pillars to form the airflow.

    I think the livery would look better with more yellow, less black in the back though. And has anyone noticed that they don’t seem to have too many sponsors more than Sauber showed?

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