Renault's 2016 car passes crash tests

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Renault's 2016 car has passed the mandatory FIA crash tests, clearing the manufacturer for its full-time return to the sport as a works team this season.

Following a period of deliberation, Renault opted to purchase the Enstone operation, which has been run as Lotus since the 2012 campaign.

The team, still currently using the Lotus moniker, confirmed on Twitter that its as-yet-unnamed 2016 challenger has cleared the crash tests.

Renault has not yet revealed full plans for 2016, with a press conference set to be held in Paris next month to outline the details surrounding its return to the sport.

Renault most recently competed as a team in 2010, but has remained in the sport as an engine supplier, claiming titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013.

Renault will also continue to supply Red Bull with power units this year, albeit rebranded Tag Heuer.

Then Mercedes-powered Lotus finished the 2015 championship in sixth place, courtesy of Pastor Maldonado and Haas-bound Romain Grosjean.

Lotus opted to continue with Maldonado for 2016, though doubts persist over his position due to turmoil in his native Venezuela and the plunging price of oil.

Jolyon Palmer, who spent 2015 as its test and reserve driver, has been recruited to partner Maldonado.

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