Renault have officially announced their 2016 staff, car and drivers earlier this afternoon at a press conference in Paris. Amongst the main announcements was Kevin Magnussen replacing Pastor Maldonado as the lead driver and the newly appointed racing-director Frederic Vasseur who will report directly to Racing Managing Director, Cyril Abiteboul.
Renault have also announced a partnership with Infiniti who previously sponsored rivals Red Bull whilst also keeping partners such as: Total, Microsoft, EMC and Genii.
The new staff at Renault include Bob Bell being appointed the Chief Technical Officer, Nick Chester’s role in the team has been moved to Chassis Technical Director and Remi Taffin being chosen as the Engine Technical Director.
In terms of drivers, Kevin Magnussen will lead the team along with 2014 GP2 Champion and Formula 1 rookie, Jolyon Palmer. Magnussen replaces Maldonado who drove for Lotus last year. Renault have also announced that they have signed GP3 race winner, Esteban Ocon in a development role.
The 2016 chassis was also unveiled, the R.S. 16. The chassis design is similar to Lotus’s 2015 E23 and the livery has changed to a prominent black. This livery has been rumoured to change before the start of the 2016 season. Chester commented on the new chassis saying: “We want a stable base to enable us to introduce developments through the year. The first iteration should not have any surprises but we will be working on a number of aspects to improve the car through the season as well as lay the groundwork for 2017 and beyond”.