Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen were, quite literally, on the crest of a wave as they spectacularly rolled onto Australian shores on the back of a surfboard – along with the new-look R.S.16 – earlier this week. Joining them in the fun film was Australian surfing champion Ellie-Jean Coffey.
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.”
He continued: “The black and Liquid Yellow 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 Renault Sport 220 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.”
Aside from plenty of TV coverage Sky F1 and Channel 4, UK Renault Sport enthusiasts can further keep fully up-to-date with their team’s F1 progress via:
- Twitter: @RenaultSport F1 and using the hashtag #LetsRaceTogether
- Instagram: @RenaultSportF1
- Facebook: Renault Sport Formula One Team
Between them Briton Palmer and Dane Magnussen have covered some 3500km behind the wheel of R.S.16 during eight days of pre-testing on Spain’s Barcelona F1 track.
Magnussen commented: “I feel ready for Melbourne. We’ve had some good days of testing, with lots of laps: more than 100 every day and more than 500 in four days. Putting in the mileage was the main thing as I needed to get back up to speed after some time out of a car. I really couldn’t have asked for more. I’ve been through systems checks and feel comfortable going to Melbourne and doing a race.
“At the moment I think we are just outside the top ten but if all goes well then who knows? You can never definitely hope for points, but if we leave Australia with points we can be happy.”
Palmer, who makes his F1 GP debut in Melbourne, added: “I am really looking forward to Friday when the 22 cars are out on track pounding round. I think everything will be ready. We always keep working on performance but when it comes to a race weekend you give it your all to achieve a good result. It will be busy for us in the race but I feel I’m in an OK position right now.”