Renault Sport Formula One to launch their 2018 Formula 1 car in February

Renault Sport Formula One team will have Nico Hulkenberg, who will be joined by Carlos Sainz for 2018, as it targets moving up from its sixth-place finish in last year's constructors' championship.

By: | Updated: January 30, 2018 5:39 PM

Renault is set to launch its 2018 Formula 1 car next month. The online launch will happen on 20 February, the same day Sauber F1 is launching their car. This will be the third year for the French car manufacturer in Formula 1, having taken over the Lotus F1 Team and now eyeing towards the front of the grid. Renault F1 recently sent out a tweet, revealing that the new F1 car will be unveiled in the week before testing gets underway.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg will be joined by Carlos Sainz in its driver lineup for 2018, as it targets moving up from its sixth-place finish in last year's constructors' championship. The team will get additional support by the arrival of former FIA F1 technical delegate Marcin Budkowski, who will officially begin work at its British factory in April.

The Enstone-based outfit's managing director Cyril Abiteboul believes this year will pay off good results considering the recent investments and infrastructure changes made by Renault F1.

"We have a big job to accomplish and as far as I can see we are aligned with that," said Abiteboul, adding: "The infrastructure is coming up, people are coming up, the commercial side - I know it is not super exciting, but it is also important to be able to finance that.

Renault Sport Formula One drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz

"We have had a very successful campaign of acquisition of new partners and they believe in the project, they can see the improvement at the factory but also at the track."

Renault and Sauber are one of the two very first teams to launch their F1 car. Mercedes-Benz will launch its Formula 1 car on 22 February, along with Ferrari. McLaren will launch it F1 car a day later on 23 February and Toro Rosso will launch its car on 25 February. Red Bull, Force India, Williams and Haas have not yet announced the date of their F1 car launch.

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