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Renault announces 2017 F1 car launch date

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Renault has become the fourth Formula One team to confirm the launch date for its 2017 car, with the covers set to come off on February 21.

The French manufacturer will reveal its successor to the RS16 the day before Force India's unveiling at Silverstone, two days prior to Mercedes' launch at the same venue, and three days before Ferrari pulls the wraps off its 2017 challenger at Fiorano on February 24.

Renault finished a lowly ninth in the 2016 constructors' world championship standings after a late takeover of the former Lotus outfit in 2015 compromised the Enstone-based squad's preparations for last season and resulted in the team having to run an adapted version of its 2015 predecessor.

The team made improvements as the season went on, but will be looking to make significant steps in 2017 to improve on the eight points it collected last year and move up the pecking order.

New recruit Nico Hulkenberg -- signed from Force India -- and Jolyon Palmer will run Renault's 2017 contender for the first time during pre-season testing, which kicks off on February 27 at Barcelona.