Renault becomes latest team to pass 2016 crash tests

Renault has become the latest team to pass its Formula 1 crash tests, ahead of the French manufacturer's team launch in Paris in a fortnight's time.

Renault becomes latest team to pass 2016 crash tests

Although Renault's takeover of the Lotus outfit was only completed in December, the Enstone team's efforts to prepare its 2016 car was not delayed.

In a tweet sent on Wednesday, Lotus confirmed that the crash tests - mandatory for the car to run on track - were now done.

Renault plans to confirm its new identity, management team and drivers at a media event in Paris on February 3. It released a teaser trailer for its return to F1 earlier this week (see below).

It is understood that a car livery will also be unveiled at the Paris event, although it is unclear if this will be on the bespoke 2016 chassis or a modified version of last year's model.

The team has announced that its drivers will be Jolyon Palmer and Pastor Maldonado - but the latter's future has been in doubt, amid speculation that sponsor PDVSA has been late with payments.

ART team boss Frederic Vasseur has long been tipped for a senior role at the outfit, with Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul also expected to have a high profile position.

Renault launch trailer:

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