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Featured Meet the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by R.J. O'Connell, Feb 3, 2016.

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    With the eyes of the Formula 1 world looking on them, the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team officially launched today in a press conference in Paris, confirming their all-new driver lineup, management, and the name of their 2016 challenger, the RS16.

    The team revealed its "testing livery" for the Renault RS16, confirming a familiar black and yellow scheme. Luxury automaker Infiniti was confirmed as a primary sponsor of the team, after spending the last three years as the title sponsor of Red Bull Racing.

    Former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen was officially confirmed as the team's new lead driver, replacing Pastor Maldonado, who confirmed Monday that he would not be racing in Formula 1 in 2016. The 23-year-old Dane finished eleventh in the standings in his debut season with McLaren in 2014, finishing a sensational second in his debut race in Australia that year, and is a former champion of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Magnussen also brings Danish clothing line Jack & Jones to the team as a prominent sponsor.

    He will be paired with 2014 GP2 Series champion Jolyon Palmer, who spent last year as Lotus' primary reserve driver. Like Magnussen, 24-year-old Palmer is another second-generation driver, whose father Jonathan competed in Formula 1, Le Mans, and the BTCC. He won four races, three feature race pole positions, and claimed twelve podium finishes in winning the GP2 title two years ago for DAMS.

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    Waiting in the wings, 19-year-old Esteban Ocon will be the team's reserve driver in 2016. The young Frenchman is one of the top Formula 1 prospects of the future, claiming both the FIA European Formula 3 Championship and GP3 Series Championship over the last two years. His plans for full-time racing in 2016 are yet to be confirmed, with rumours linking him to a move to the DTM series via his alliance with the Mercedes driver development programme.

    And behind him, will be the members of the newly-founded Renault Sport Academy, a driver development programme which will be headlined by reigning Formula V8 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion Jack Aitken, and his main title rivals from last year, Louis Deletraz and Kevin Jörg.

    Cyril Abiteboul is the team's new Managing Director, overseeing the organization. Abiteboul revealed modest goals for the Renault team, saying that he expects podium finishes over the next three years, while working close with new partners Infiniti to develop new technology. Frederic Vasseur, the co-founder of ART Grand Prix - one of the most successful teams in single-seater racing - will step up to the role of Racing Director, serving alongside a familiar face to the Enstone organization, Bob Bell, the Chief Technical Officer.

    Jerome Stoll, head of the newly-founded Renault Sport Racing organisation that will oversee all of Renault's motorsport activities, ended their Wednesday press conference by saying: "We have the resources, the team, the organisation, the spirit. Renault is back to win."

    With a new lead driver in Kevin Magnussen and new leadership at the top, will Renault Sport F1 be competitive now, and in the years to come? Leave a comment below and discuss your thoughts on the Renault launch!

    Image Credit: Renault Sport F1 Team
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  2. Lorenzo Bonder

    Lorenzo Bonder
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    That car...
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  3. It's probably the least imaginative livery I've ever seen. Would it kill them to add a bit more yellow.
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  4. Lazarou


    I think they alluded to that is the test livery and more yellow will follow. A F1 car that is black is always a thing of beauty. Lotus JPS's for instance.
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  5. Tobias Röhner

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    Pretty much confirmed to be a testing livery.
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  6. I would've liked a bit more yellow on the car to be honest
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  7. Sun Levi

    Sun Levi
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    They used all their yellow paint for the floor:

    I agree that black is sort of generic and sometimes boring but that looks bad ass, I love it.
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  8. airutonpurosuto8912


    I like the team even more than 50%. They'll be outracing McLaren for Kevin's payback. :p :D
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  9. I'm still not hopeful that the team will be winning races this year because of Renault's yet-to-be-sorted PU issues, but with Magnussen they at least have a more trusted lead driver, and I firmly believe Ocon will be the Prost to Max Verstappen's Senna years down the road. He's that good.
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  10. It's just a launch/Test livery. I expect them to swap the colours around for when the season starts
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  11. Well they did say themselfs at the launch not to expect any miracles =)
  12. Not the real car, it's exactly the lotus from 2015... this is most likely a placeholder for marketing purpose. We wont see the real car until the winter testing or even Melbourne.
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  13. My only 'fear' is that black will bring them a similar fate of the last modern-F1 car which was predominantly black...

    But Haas is mostly black too (thus far), and I didn't have the 'fear' when they were in the news, so maybe I'm just crazy ?, haha.
  14. Which, of course, is still more than we've seen from any other team so far.
  15. Jake Fangio

    Jake Fangio
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    Nice to see this team back and I love the shiny black.I have a good feeling about this team,almost that Torro Rosso feel.I'm sure more yellow will follow.With Haas and Renault in the mix,I'm looking forward to the new season.Hopefully McLaren can find that pace again also.It could be a cracking mid field scrap.
  16. Tim.E


    It's ugly af imo. They at least could've been a little more creative. Also would've expected to see a little more yellow:(

    All in all, didn't live up to my expectations:thumbsdown::(
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  17. Welcome back Renault :thumbsup: always nice to see another historical engine supplier running the entire garage :)

    Not sure what you would define as competitive but Cyril seems to be targeting around 3 podiums within the next 3 (years) seasons :whistling:

    Kevin Magnussen lead driver :rolleyes: really....

    One formula 1 race winning paid driver out & one duck&cover non formula 1 race winning paid driver in :rolleyes:

    Hope the Broadcaster's are kind to Renault F1 & McLaren Honda at the tail end of the grid in 2016 :sneaky:
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  18. Another Black Livrery!!! I hope McLaren, Renault and Hass change for another colors or is complicate see 6 cars black in grid!:O_o:
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  19. Can the OP make the "Testing Livery" in the article flash & have semi-naked ladies pointing at it please :O_o:

    rest assured the 2016 Renault F1 car will look fcuk all like the pictures from the PR day today :redface:
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  20. Jimlaad43

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    They seem embarrassed by the yellow, putting it on the inside of the rear wing, not the outside.
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