The Renault Sport Formula 1 team celebrates 40 years in Formula 1 this year with the season opener at the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Albert Park played host to the Grand Prix, with the Renault Sport Formula 1 team just shy of scoring points.
Whilst Nico Hulkenberg's first race for Renault didn't result in any points, his start with the team was a great introduction to the season ahead. "My first lap wasn’t great as I tried to get Kvyat on the outside of turn 13 but he squeezed me wide and I lost a position to Alonso. There was not much I could do about him, even though I was lot faster as I just couldn’t overtake. I had a very positive last stint on the ultrasoft tyres with the car getting better and better, although it wasn’t quite enough to gain another position. My battle with Ocon and Alonso was a lot of fun, I had massive double tow from them, so I gave it all with overtake mode and DRS. It was quite spectacular and must have looked pretty good from the outside too.”
Jolyon Palmer made a strong start from 19th on the grid, making four positions on the first lap. Sadly, Jolyon then suffered an intermittent brake issue which led to his retirement from the race on lap 15. “My race was going well. I made places at the start despite being on the hardest tyre, my pace was pretty reasonable and I could see Nico and Esteban ahead of me. Unfortunately, my brakes stuck on at turn 14. We hoped it was just a glitch, but it happened again so we had no alternative other than to retire. It’s not been the start I wanted to my season, so we’ll put it down to experience and look forward to China.”
Renault defied gravity and took the off track activity to new heights this year.
In the heart of F1 Central, racegoers were able to immerse themselves in a virtual reality pitstop experience which chellenged users to best their pitstop time across two scenarios. The experience was designed to give people an inside look at the world of Formula 1 with a hands on approach.
Next Stop. China.
The Chinese Grand Prix held in Shanghai is the next stop for the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team, and we will be cheering on the boys from down under! We look forward to seeing what the 2017 Formula 1 Grand Prix seasons brings!
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