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Formula One: Renault Sport teammates’ near miss

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Spectator footage has emerged revealing how close  a second set of teammates came to colliding at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. In the final lap of the Grand Prix Renault Sport F1 team teammates Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen came within centimetres of colliding in the final sector of the lap.

Battling over 13th place Jolyon, running heavily warn hard compound tyres came under intense pressure from Kevin, running fresh soft compound tyres, was forced to take avoiding action to avert a race ending collision for both cars, following a questionable overtaking attempt from the Dane.

The incident was not captured in the world feed broadcast, but was caught be spectators in this footage:

Whilst unnoticed by the world feed the incident was seen by the FIA, Kevin Magnussen was awarded a 10 second penalty to his finishing time demoting him to 15th place in the overall race standings.

The post race stewards report commented:

“Car 20 [Magnussen] was on a new set of soft tyres, and Car 30 [Palmer] was on an older set of hard tyres leading the driver of Car 20 to have significantly better grip and speed. However, the Stewards determined that Car 20 could not have reasonably expected to make the corner of Turn 13 without colliding with Car 30, which was subsequently forced off the track.

“The Stewards imposed the penalty referred to, which was converted to a time penalty after the race as the cars were on the last lap”

Neither team or driver have formally commented on the incident.

Formula One: Royal Bank Canada join’s Renault

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Royal Bank Canada branding  features on the rear wing endplate of the Renault Sport F1 Team R.S 16 this weekend.

At this time the team have not issued any details on the length or value of the agreement.

RBC are a personal sponsor of Renault Sport F1 development driver Canadian Nicholas Latifi. It may be expected that Nicholas could take to the wheel of the R.s 16 in FP1 of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Nicholas is competing in GP2 this season with the DAMS team.

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is the largest bank in Canada. The bank serves over 16 million clients and has 78,000 employees worldwide. The company corporate headquarters are located in Toronto, Ontario. The bank was founded in 1864 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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You can find out more about RBC here


Formula One: Ocon to run for Mercedes in Barcelona

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Mercedes AMG Petronas have confirmed that Esteban Ocon will complete the second day of testing for the team following the Spanish Grand Prix.

The team testing schedule:

Day One – Nico Rosberg

Day Two – Esteban Ocon

This confirms that Esteban Ocon remains very much part of the Mercedes young driver programme, despite his Renault Sport F1 commitments.

Ocon is set for a very busy few days, in addition his Mercedes commitments he will be running in FP1 for the Renault Sport F1 team in place of Jolyon Palmer, and on Day One of the post race test again for Renault Sport.

Mercedes may be able to gain first hand information on the impact of the B-Spec Renault Power Unit through Ocon’s time with Renault.

Lewis Hamilton will not be participating in the post race test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Formula One: New chassis but no testing for Palmer in Barcelona

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Jolyon Palmer will have a new chassis made available to him at the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend Renault Sport F1 have confirmed.

After replacing the floor of Jolyon’s R.S.16 at the Russian Grand Prix, Palmer has reported improved balance with the car, it is hoped that switching to the team’s 3rd chassis will yeild further progress

“Jolyon was much happier in his car on Saturday in Sochi and this translated to a stronger performance over the weekend. As part of our assessments to get his car to work better for him we changed the floor, which is a very important aerodynamic aspect of the car. This looks to have delivered what we wanted so a positive step was made. For Spain Jolyon will run with a new chassis – R.S.16-03 which we used at our filming day this week to shake down.”

Confirmed Technical Director Nick Chester. In addition to the new chassis the team will be bringing a series of other updates

“For the race we have an updated rear wing as well as some updates for the front wing”

Finally Nick confirmed the test will be trialling the B-Spec Renault Power unit at the 2 day post race test following the test:

“For the test we have a full raft of things to try; new suspension, further aero updates over various areas of the car, some mods to cooling as well as evaluating the B-spec power unit, so we should have a full two days”

Team Racing Director Fred Vasseur has moved to provide assurances around the team’s racing line up, acknowledging the challenges both the team and drivers are facing in this phase of rebuilding:

“We have a strong line-up and one we’re happy with and committed to. Kevin has performed very well in his return to Formula 1 and Jolyon is approaching his rookie season in a clear and methodical manner. It’s true that Jolyon had a couple of races where he didn’t deliver as he wanted, equally this is natural in a driver’s first season; he’s learning and making strong progress.”

Despite this confidence Vasseur went on to confirm that Esteban Ocon, completing in the opening round of the DTM this weekend with Mercedes will sit in for Palmer in FP1 of the Spanish Grand Prix, and that he will test alongside Magnussen in the post race test:

“We saw Sergey Sirotkin do a very good job in FP1 in Russia and we will see Esteban Ocon take to the wheel in Barcelona, then Kevin and Esteban will drive in the test.”

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Formula One: Renault Sport F1 partner with APL

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Renault Sport Formula One Team will put its best foot forward in its quest to propel itself up the Formula 1 standings thanks to a new partnership with Athletic Propulsion Labs, a world leader in Men’s and Women’s athletic footwear and apparel.

The partnership will see Renault Sport Formula One Team personnel using the advanced Ascend model from the 2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix following successful evaluations at pre-season testing and at the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The APL® Ascend is designed as the ultimate training shoe that can withstand the rigorous demands the Renault Sport Formula One Team encounters on and off the track. Using APL’s proprietary Propelium® technology, the lightweight 8oz. Ascend is the perfect intersection of performance and luxury. The shoe boasts an impressive list of features including a full length honeycomb mesh and minimal overlays for breathability and a sock-like fit, an articulated eye row that allows the foot to flex and an outsole, inspired by the shape of a feather, that incorporates natural motion flex grooves that react to every movement. Additionally they look very cool!

Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing
We are really happy to welcome Athletic Propulsion Labs to Renault Sport Formula One Team. Since returning to Formula One we have aimed to position ourselves as dynamic and creative and to partner with brands who share this ethos. APL definitely fits these criteria. Adam and Ryan Goldston have come up with a product that is both innovative and attractive and at the very forefront of footwear technology. They’ve managed to go beyond being ‘just’ a trainer manufacturer and become a genuine lifestyle brand. We’re looking forward to working with them on track with the race team and creating lots of exciting off-track synergies.

Adam and Ryan Goldston, Co-Founders of Athletic Propulsion Labs
Athletic Propulsion Labs is honoured to have been selected as the official footwear brand of Renault Sport Formula One Team. Athletic Propulsion Labs and Renault Sport Formula One Team share a common vision of creating world-class performance technologies in our respective fields. The opportunity to join forces in support of Renault’s re-entry into Formula One is very exciting and emblematic of the dedication our respective companies have towards reaching new levels of performance through technological innovation and breakthrough design.

APL branding will feature on the floor of the RS16 as pictured:

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Check out the APL website here.

APL will be launching special edition Renault Sport F1 Team footwear later in the year


Formula One: Sun Yue Yang joins Renault

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Renault Sport F1 have announced today that, Sun Yue Yang will join the prestigious Renault Sport Academy, which aims to identify hot young talent at global level and prepare them for the multi-faceted challenges of top-level motorsport.

Fifteen-year-old Yue Yang, who hails from Shanghai, is the first Chinese driver to finish on the podium in the competitive World Series Karting Champions Cup. Currently fifth in the hard-fought series, he also races in the WSK Super Master Series across Europe and was the first Chinese driver to win a round of the German Karting Championship, the DKM. He started karting in 2014, winning seven heats in 2015 and becoming the first Chinese driver to finish in the top 30 drivers.

Alongside current Academy members Jack Aitken, Louis Delétraz, Kevin Jörg and Oliver Rowland, Yue Yang will be given expert guidance on the best career path to reach F1. Signed on a multi-year development deal, Yue Yang will follow a long-term plan that will see him hone his racecraft in karts before making his single-seater debut at the end of the year. In subsequent seasons, he will be given set objectives and continuously evaluated on his increasing technical knowledge and fitness with the target of reaching F1.

The Renault Sport Academy was rejuvenated this year but Renault has long supported young drivers. The first Formula Renault series took place in 1971 and many eminent drivers cut their teeth in the formula, including Jacques Laffite and Jean Ragnotti. Subsequently, Renault offered the winner of the Elf-Winfield Racing school a full year of Formula Renault, with Alain Prost winning the series in 1976. Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton have also been through the ranks of Formula Renault to win multiple Formula 1 titles, while the likes of Robert Kubica, Heikki Kovalainen and Loic Duval have graduated from the Renault Development programme to become race winners.

Fred Vasseur, Racing Director of Renault Sport Racing, commented: ‘The Renault Sport Academy is a highly beneficial tool for young drivers. Firstly, we thoroughly evaluate them to give the right steer through the vast motorsport landscape. Then, they are exposed to the pinnacle of technology through the F1 team and what is required to get there. In short, we aim to turn each Academy driver into an elite athlete, capable of performing to his or her absolute best.

‘The Academy is also a tool for the Renault markets to better engage with motorsport within their own regions. We are pleased and proud to give Renault China the opportunity through the Academy to bring Yue Yang through the ranks. Yue Yang has shown strong potential in WSK to, with the right preparation, work his way to Formula 1. The opportunities for both Yue Yang and Renault China to benefit from this partnership are huge.’

See this interview from Sun Yue Yang from 2015 following his success with WSK


In parallel, Renault Sport and Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company launched an initiative to further boost young Chinese drivers’ chances of making it through the motorsport ranks to Formula 1. A new scholarship will be introduced whereby Renault will support the Formula Racing Development talent search. The Chinese driver demonstrating the best potential in the last three rounds of Asian Formula Renault will be offered an opportunity in the Renault Sport Academy in 2017.

This year, 19 drivers will compete in the pan-Asia championship that takes in 12 events in China, Thailand and Korea. Created in 2000, it has been a gateway for both Asian and international drivers looking for a first step on the motorsport ladder. The winner of the series has historically been offered a drive in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship.

François Provost, CEO of DRAC and Director of Operations, Renault China, said: ‘In recent years, there have been very few Chinese drivers who have made it past the junior ranks in motorsport and no Chinese driver has ever competed in a Grand Prix. There are many reasons for this, but one of the recurring ones is a lack of funding to race beyond our national shores.

‘Now, Chinese drivers will compete for the opportunity of becoming a Renault Sport Academy driver where they will be able to learn more and showcase their talents against other international drivers.

‘Equally, the advent of this new scholarship will really put the Asian Formula Renault series on the global motorsport map and back into the ladder towards Formula 1.’

Jean-Pascal Dauce, Renault Sport Customer Racing Program Director, added: ‘For the past 45 years Formula Renault has given numerous drivers the opportunity to take their first steps in motorsport and some have progressed to the highest level. Thanks to our long history with Formula Racing Development, Asian Formula Renault has become one of the stepping stones in the Asian region. With Renault now putting down solid roots in China, opening a new plant in Wuhan to be closer to our clients, it is important for Renault Sport to allow young Chinese drivers the chance to discover the world of motorsport and the different opportunities offered by Renault Sport.’

Kenneth Ma, President of FRD Motorsport, commented: ‘Asian Formula Renault is the longest-running motorsport series in China. The first car was brought to the country by Formula Racing Developments in 1997. Over the past 20 years more than 500 racing drivers have been involved and trained by the championship.

‘This scholarship will encourage talented young Chinese racing drivers to further participate in motorsport. This will have a big impact for young drivers, and the recognition from an F1 team will give even more impetus to compete. For Renault Sport it is also an opportunity to develop future Chinese F1 drivers at a grass roots level.

‘FRD has been trying to find the best drivers for the world. Now, with the help of Renault Sport, I am sure that the Asian Formula Renault Series will go from strength to strength with even more young talented drivers coming through the ranks.’

Formula One: Renault target huge PU upgrades in Canada

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Renault have confirmed that both the Renault Sport F1 Team and Red Bull Racing team will receive a substantial performance upgrade in their Power Units in time for the Canadian Grand Prix. Whilst timing of this upgrade has been known for some time, Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz confirmed during Free Practice 2 coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix that the upgrades will be focused on the introduction of a Homogeneous charge compression ignition system.

Homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) formed the basis of the Mercedes Power Unit upgrade seen at the Italian Grand Prix in 2015. The impact of this system for Mercedes bought performance in line with V10 power units of old. HCCI s a form of internal combustion in which well-mixed fuel and oxidizer (typically air) are compressed to the point of auto-ignition. As in other forms of combustion, this exothermic reaction releases chemical energy into a sensible form that can be transformed in an engine into work and heat.

Such an upgrade with the Power Unit will likely also see fuel and lubricant supplier, Total,  introduce new fuel compounds, which could further improve the performance. Through 2015 Total were able to reduce the levels of oil and lubricants required for the Renault power unit by 50% delivering a substantial weight saving for teams.

For more information on HCCI check out the Wikipedia definition here

Formula One: Magnussen “It’s not the most exciting track, to be honest “

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Kevin Magnussen reviews his first race for the Renault Sport F1 team and previews the Bahrain Grand Prix.

How was your first race with Renault Sport Formula One Team ?

Having been out of F1 for a year, it was very nice to be back. It was a tough race, but I was really happy as the pace was very good. It was annoying to get that puncture at the start, which compromised our race. I didn’t have any contact as far as I could tell, but I saw the pressures coming down and knew that something was wrong. In some respects we were lucky to get the red flag, but it was even better that Fernando was unhurt as that was a big crash. We could get back to the pits and on to the grid and then I had the race from there. We had a good pace – on par with Williams and maybe even faster. We didn’t think we would have the pace of the top ten, but in the end we did. I’m gutted as we could possibly have been in the points if I had not had that puncture, but that’s life. For a first race, it looks very encouraging for the rest of the season.

What did you think of the R.S.16 ?

The feeling in the car was good and I was able to fight and overtake and put the car where I wanted to. It’s clearly very driveable. It is not fast enough to be on the podium or even in Q3 but it’s a good car that handles well and it’s something we will continue to work on. We don’t need to change the philosophy in any way, just keep developing and it will come to us.

What did you make of your new team in race trim ?

It is very clear that this team is a top team in F1. Maybe not in terms of pace : we know where we are and we are not happy with this, but when we get the car faster we will be there. We have a good baseline and something we can really work on. I didn’t have a good race but I am very happy as it looks good for the rest of the season.

The next race is Bahrain, is it a favourite race for you ?

It’s not the most exciting track, to be honest ! The heat is a major challenge and it is tough on the rear tyres so having a car that looks after them will be an advantage. There are also four long straights so it is a power orientated track. I will enjoy getting out there and if you ask me if the race could be tomorrow I’d be there, no questions asked!

Formula One: ComputaCenter join Renault Sport F1

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ComputaCenter have entered into partnership with the Renault Sport F1 Team with an agreement including significant branding positioned on the cockpit behind the front wheel. Details on the length and value of the agreement are yet to be disclosed.

ComputaCenter position themselves as Europe’s leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services. The agreement is a positive development for new brands entering Formula One, with a new found confidence in the Enstone based team.

Further details surrounding this agreement will be published here when available.

Formula One: Renault Sport Final Livery Launched

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Renault Sport Formula One Team has unveiled its definitive livery for the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The team debuted it’s distinctive yellow-gold and black colours in an event hosted in Docklands, Melbourne, in a highly unique way. The R.S.16 was first seen by the guests as it literally surfed the waves at Boat Harbour Park beach just outside Sydney!

Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer plus Australian pro surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey undertook the shoot on Monday before the Australian Grand Prix. The car – a showcar for those concerned about whether it will dry out in time for Sunday’s race – was fixed to the 7.5m long board using bespoke harnesses. It was then towed out into the Pacific Ocean where it was unleashed to catch its first-ever waves.

Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing, commented: ‘We had a new livery to unveil in Melbourne, but we wanted to do things a little differently. We’re in F1 to ultimately get lots of points on track, but also to get lots of attention off track, so we came up with this idea. To our knowledge it’s the first time an F1 car has ever surfed! It fits with the Australian theme, but moreover it aligns us with the spirit of adventure we see in the latest range of Renault products such as the Captur and Kadjar.

‘The black and yellow Sirius colours themselves are naturally the corporate colours of Renault Sport, but also share the heritage of Renault Sport on track. The first-ever Renault F1 car, the RS01, hit the track in yellow and black in 1977 and this latest livery is a nod to this formidable car. To create much more tangible links between Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing, we have also used colours to showcase the matt white colour available on the Renault Clio R.S Trophy.

‘Meanwhile we have added some contemporary touches to make the R.S.16 stand out. We have used metallic colours that will reflect the lights at the night races, the ‘diamond’ pattern at the rear of the car fits in with our new brand identity and the gold flashes signify we aim for the top.

‘We are really happy with the new look of the car and hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it!’

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