Renault confirms 2016 F1 Programme; Magnussen joins Palmer

by Paul Hensby

The newly returned Renault team have become the first outfit to confirm its 2016 programme after a launch event in Paris on Wednesday, with the team being named as Renault Sport Formula 1.

The French outfit, who have taken back over from the Enstone-based Lotus F1 Team, confirmed that the R.S.16 will be the team’s 2016 chassis, while Kevin Magnussen has been confirmed as Jolyon Palmer’s team-mate, replacing Pastor Maldonado.

The team also announced that Esteban Ocon has returned to the outfit after being test driver for Lotus in 2014, with the Frenchman assuming the role of Third and Reserve Driver in 2016.

The chassis will continue to be developed in Enstone, while the power unit will still come from their French base in Viry-Châtillon, while Bob Bell has joined the team as F1 Chief Technical Officer, working in conjunction with Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester and Engine Technical Director Rémi Taffin.

“Motorsports still spark the imagination of both enthusiasts and everyday drivers, and we are putting a comprehensive program in place today,” said CEO Carlos Ghosn.

“Formula 1 is a big part of our efforts to boost awareness of Renault, particularly in markets where Renault is a newcomer, and will enhance the transfer of technologies from the track to our road cars.”

The launch saw the team show off a predominantly black livery, although both the car and livery is set to change before the season kicks off in Australia next month.

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