Renault to debut updated front wing in Bahrain

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Renault Formula 1 technical boss Bob Bell has confirmed that the team will race with a new front wing at next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Renault made its first appearance in F1 as a constructor since the end of 2010 at last Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix following its takeover of Lotus over the winter.

Given the late nature of the deal, Renault is pushing hard to update the R.S.16 car and recover from the financial difficulties that Lotus faced towards the end of its existence.

Bell confirmed that after a successful test with a prototype front wing in Australia, drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer will both be racing with the updated design next weekend.

“We brought a prototype front wing to Melbourne that Kevin used and it appears to have lived up to expectations. It will be on both cars in Bahrain,” Bell confirmed, before elaborating on the planned development of the R.S.16 car.

“We will obviously be approaching development on two fronts: engine and chassis,” he said.

“In the first half of the year we will concentrate on the engine and have a normal development programme for the chassis.

“We will have the standard aero developments from race to race, as everyone will do, then have the complex mechanical items that will come through when we get into the European testing programme.

“I think we have a credible plan to advance the car but obviously we have to balance what we want to do next year versus our aspirations for this year.”