It was announced yesterday evening that the Renault F1 Team has passed the FIA’s mandatory crash tests ahead of pre-season testing which gets underway in February.
The team confirmed the news via Twitter as preparations for pre-season testing get underway as follows:-
At this present time, Pastor Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer will drive for the team in 2016 but there has been some speculation regarding Maldonado’s funding from PDVSA leading to questions whether he will drive alongside Palmer at Renault.
Renault are on track to debut their 2016 Formula One car in Barcelona next month at the Circuit de Catalunya, with two pre-season tests set to take place from February 22-25 and March 1-4.
The French manufacturers have yet to announce what their 2016 car will be called. Renault may opt to continue the name series decided by Lotus, which would make their 2016 car the E24. Alternatively, it could be the R32, as Renault’s last car was the R31 in 2011 which I think they may go with.