F1 2016 Team Preview: Renault

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2016 marks Renault’s full return to Formula 1 as a constructor after six years away, coming at a time when manufacturers have been uneasy about entering the series or increasing their involvement.

The decision to buy Lotus was far from an easy one. Many months of negotiations eventually ended in a deal being signed in December, securing the future of the Enstone operation.

2016 will be a year for Renault to find its feet, but with an all-new driver line-up and engine improvements in the pipeline, it should not be a total write-off.

TEAM: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team
ENGINE: Renault
CAR: Renault R.S.16

2015 STATS (as Lotus)

Races: 19
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 78
Laps Led: 0
Drivers’ Championship Positions: 11th (Romain Grosjean); 14th (Pastor Maldonado)
Constructors’ Championship Position: 6th

2016 LINE-UP

20. Kevin Magnussen (DEN)
30. Jolyon Palmer (GBR)


The off-track financial troubles that Lotus faced in 2015 were juxtaposed by some outstanding on-track success. The arrival of Mercedes as a power unit supplier gave the team a real boost, while the E23 chassis was very solid. Romain Grosjean led the team’s charge, with the highlight being an unlikely podium finish at Spa on the same weekend bailiffs had been sent to the team’s garage. Pastor Maldonado picked up points every now and then to support Grosjean, but by the end of the year, the focus was on survival.


But survival is exactly what Lotus managed. Renault confirmed in December that it had taken over the team before immediately setting to work on rectifying the team. When Maldonado’s backing fell through, ex-McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen was drafted in to join 2014 GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer for his debut season. The lateness of the Renault deal may make the start of the year tough, but there is plenty of positivity at Enstone thanks to the stability offered by the French manufacturer. This year is unlikely to offer much in the way of success, but with two quick drivers and a reputation for building a good chassis, Renault will be hoping to be a part of the tight midfield fight.

Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time


For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.