German Formula One racer Nico Hulkenberg is impressed with RS17, Renault's first car. Hulkenberg seemed to be attracted with the car even calling it sexy.
For this season, Nico Hulkenberg will be using Renault's first car with an RE17 power unit. Technical Director Remi Taffin explained that this is the first car they built. He explained that their team works hand in hand in order to accommodate the power unit more efficiently.
Taffin explained that this year's unit is different than the unit they used last year. Remi Taffin explained that the power unit is specifically created for the car, making RS17 homogenous. He explained that they worked hard on the car's weight, cooling layout and aerodynamic performance, Planetf1 reported.
Remi Taffin as delighted on the effectiveness of the steps they made last year to achieve their current targets. He explained that they have transformed from the best performing power unit to the most reliable power unit. Currently, they are working on close their gap with Mercedes that has been dominating the race since the beginning of Formula 1's V6 era.
Nico Hulkenberg holds the 9th place on the 2016 standings. To date, he's targeting to move up to 5th place this year.
Hulkenberg explained that he had a smooth transition with Renault. He also explained that he wants to give it all he's got that includes his passion, experience and success to step up the game of Renault, Formula 1 reported.
Hulkenberg would have to work with Jolyon Palmer, one of Renault's veteran racer. He is positive that he will establish a good relationship with Palmer.
"My preparations started early with a training camp in December and this continued through January and February. Lap times are going down and downforce is up so I'm training very hard to be fully prepared for this when I get out on track," the racer explained.
Just recently, Renault has been on the spotlight lately after they helped Red Bull step up their power unit. Automotive News reported that they gave Red Bull an engine that can match Mercedes.