Paris’ Champ Elisées has been the evocative scenario chosen by Renault to inaugurate its new era in the F1 World Championship.
The new RS16 will be assigned to the young couple composed by Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer with Esteban Ocon, winner of the FIA European F3 and GP3 Series titles in 2014 and 2015, as a third driver and tester. In the last few days, the Danish ex-McLaren has been chosen to take Pastor Maldonado’s place, who wasn’t supported anymore by national oil company PDVSA. That way he is back in the Circus as an official driver after a year break.
In this occasion they also talked about team future programmes, and Carlos Ghosn confirmed the indiscretions on Fernando Alonso revealed by Gian Carlo Minardi on the website www.minardi.it last December. “Surely, I would like to sign with Fernando Alonso. Throughout our years in formula 1, we have worked and known a lot of drivers and Fernando is one of the best”.
In 2005 and 2006 the Spanish driver added the last two titles to the French company, a goal then missed in 2008 and 2009 when he came back in Enstone before moving to Maranello and woking. Fernando comes from a disastrous season with McLaren-Honda and 2016 will be the year of truth.
Surely, the new total black livery with a touch of yellow has surprised, but it will probably changed in view of Australian Grand Prix. Also the exposed car was only a show car created on a 2015 frame. We will see the RS16 during the first tests in Barcelona.