Renault: Aero updates 'bring tangible benefit'
19 April 2017 – Renault's aerodynamic upgrades, trialled at the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test, have brought a "tangible benefit" to the R.S.17, according to Sporting Director Alan Permane.
Nico Hülkenberg declared that Sunday's race exposed Renault's long-run weakness, after he fell from seventh to ninth, while team-mate Jolyon Palmer dropped from 10th to 13th.
Hülkenberg completed 74 laps on the first day of this week's in-season test, spending the morning working through aero runs, before turning his attention to tyre performance.
Permane reflected: "We're very happy with the new aero parts we tried as they bring a tangible benefit to the R.S.17 in terms of general pace and, in particular, race pace.
"The car performed well across the day, with Nico giving positive feedback."
Hülkenberg, who ended the day sixth fastest, added: "It looks like everything we added to the car is healthy and working as we wanted so we were able to improve the car and learn more about it.
"We've found some interesting things; it was a good day, overall very positive."
Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin has been given Wednesday's running.