Renault and Haas's 2017 Formula 1 cars make track debuts

Renault and Haas's 2017 Formula 1 cars both made their track debuts with filming day runs at Barcelona on Saturday

Renault and Haas's 2017 Formula 1 cars make track debuts

Only Renault released footage and images of its RS17, which was launched in London on Tuesday.

The team had been due to run on Friday initially, but rain cancelled that plan and also led to Jolyon Palmer rather than new signing Nico Hulkenberg being at the wheel for the new car's first laps.

"That was really fun," said Palmer.

"Loads of downforce, loads of grip, a few laps, no hiccups and a big smile on my face."

Haas is keeping its VF-17 under wraps until Sunday, though some images of the car running did leak out on social media.

New Haas driver Kevin Magnussen described the day's work as "filming and doing some interviews and some adverts".

'Filming days' allow teams to carry out shakedowns as well as compiling promotional footage, but they must not exceed 100 kilometres of running and have to use 'demonstration' tyres.

All the 2017 F1 cars yet to be seen in public will be unveiled on Sunday, when both Red Bull and Haas issue images of their new designs and Toro Rosso holds a launch event in the Barcelona pitlane.

Testing then begins at the Spanish Grand Prix venue on Monday.

shares
comments
Force India's Ocon had to force himself to eat more for F1 2017
Previous article

Force India's Ocon had to force himself to eat more for F1 2017

Next article

New Haas shows Ferrari's influence

New Haas shows Ferrari's influence
The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future Plus

The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future

Personable, articulate 
and devoid of the usual
 racing driver airs and graces,
 Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…

Formula 1
Aug 13, 2022
The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Plus

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

Formula 1
Aug 12, 2022
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022
Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022