Prost agrees Renault advisory role

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Renault have turned to Formula One legend Alain Prost to help rejuvenate their fortunes in 2017 after only eight points last season.

The four-time world champion was confirmed as the French team's special advisor at the launch of their 2017 car in London on Tuesday.

His experience as a driver and manager will be vital for Renault as they look to bounce back from a disappointing return as a works team in 2016.

Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer could only record three top-10 finishes across the 21 races and Renault finished a lowly ninth in the constructors' standings.

Renault Sport Racing president Jerome Stoll is targeting fifth place this season with their new car and driver line-up of Palmer and Nico Hulkenberg, and hopes Prost can help them achieve that.

Stoll said: "He will bring to the team great experience, great network, and also an ability to talk with the drivers, and having a specific network for that."

Prost is relishing the opportunity to help his former team, and confirmed he will be at the first testing session of the year in Barcelona next week.

"I am very excited. I am going on Monday to Barcelona, and will be curious to see what they [the drivers] say," he said.

"What is important is that Renault can be competitive and win as soon as possible.

"[It is] not first time I am involved in Renault, but to be clear I will not have a day to day role, it will be more behind [the scenes].

"Sometimes it is good to have this kind of situation, being on committees is important - important to give the best decision and best strategy to be a winning team in the future."

Meanwhile, Sergey Sirotkin has been confirmed as Renault's third and reserve driver for the upcoming season.

The 21-year-old Russian joined the team in April as a test driver and has clearly impressed to earn a promotion.