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Dominating in Black: Renault Unveils Livery for F1

Renault seems to race this 2016 season in yellow-and black. The predominant color of rear and front wings is considered to be deep black while the body will be finished in matt yellow hue, with some gold glimpses. The bold paintjob was showcased in Melbourne at a media event when Renault confirmed Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen to race in corporate colors.

The French car maker declares its wish to come back to its traditional color scheme with the revised RS16, according to the words of Cyril Abiteboul, the RS managing director. It should be reminded that since 1946, Renault has been originally featured yellow to be considered it an iconic sports color. In addition, the RS01, the first Formula One Renault car, was wrapped up in yellow and black livery in 1977. So the choice of the contemporary color scheme is mostly based on these facts.

It was additionally resolved by the engineering team that a matt finish would be better than a previous gloss one. The reason is quite simple – a matt paint is believed to be a significant weight-saver dropping out at least half a kilo across the racing vehicle.