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2016 to be a ‘year of transition’ for Renault in Formula 1

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Renault Sport Racing president Jerome Stroll has called 2016 a “year of transition” for the French manufacturer as it returns to Formula 1 as a constructor.

Renault last raced with its own team back in 2010, but will return this year after buying Lotus F1 Team and unveiling its new operation on Wednesday.

Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer will race for Renault Sport F1 Team in 2016, while Esteban Ocon has joined as reserve driver.

Speaking at the launch of the team in France, Stroll said that Renault is not expecting immediate success, setting a rather modest target of returning to the podium in three to four years.

“2016 will be a very specific year because we have to set back all the organization that used to be,” Stroll said.

“Renault has been involved in the supply of engine only, not being a team, and now we have to reconcile and set up the new organization between Enstone in the UK and Viry in France and to make this organisation work more efficiently and having the synergy of both organisations.

“[We have] to prepare the roadmap that we have in mind which is to be in the podium after three or four years. So 2016 will be a year of transition where we have to prepare our future.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.