Renault reveals final yellow livery for new F1 season

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Renault Sport Formula 1 Team unveiled its final livery for the 2016 season in Melbourne on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

Renault returns to F1 for the first time as a constructor since 2010 this year, having bought out the Lotus operation at Enstone over the winter.

The French manufacturer attended testing with a black design on the car, but stressed that it would be revised ahead of the first race of the season.

At an event in Melbourne on Wednesday evening, Renault presented its new livery for the first time, showing off a striking yellow design.

In a period where many of the cars on the grid look quite similar in terms of color scheme, the yellow livery with black trim will be sure to stand out.

Renault also released a video showing the R.S.16 F1 car riding on a surfboard at a shoot in Australia from earlier this week.

“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,” managing director Cyril Abiteboul said.

“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.

“The black and yellow Sirius 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 R.S Trophy.”

The new R.S.16 livery will make its race debut this weekend in the Australian Grand Prix, live on NBCSN from 12am ET on Sunday.