Reigning World Champions – Renault – have visited Silverstone in Northamptonshire to shake down their new R27 car. The R27 will defend its title next season, piloted by Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen, and despite Renault’s usual late unveiling, they plan to be a little earlier this year. The challenger is due to be launched on January 24th, but photos have emerged on the internet of the secret test, as reported ony F1Fanatic earlier.
The photos show the car has tightly sculptured sidepods and an interesting mirror set up, coming out from the side of the sidepods. The team ran the car in their usual yellow, but replaced the light blue with either a very dark blue or black, signifying the end of the relationship with previous tobacco sponsor Mild Seven. Looking at the teams transporters in the background though, may give us a hint at what the new livery may look like. Now Renault are sponsored by ING, they appear to have incorporated the yellow and orange of the respective companies with black and white.
Thanks to Keith at F1Fanatic for picking up on this.