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F1 2016 Midseason Review: Renault make strides but still have work to do

RealSport look at how Renault have done so far this year and what the rest of the season may hold.


As we hit the summer break its time to take a breath from what has been a relentless season and look at how the teams have done so far in 2016. Today we look at Renault.

 

The Renault team have had a tough go around in their first season back in F1, but it is met with plenty of positives moving forward not just this season but for next year and beyond. While both Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen are still uncertain of their future with the team they’ve both put together decent seasons thus far with the equipment they’ve been given.

 
Driver Battle

 Jolyon PalmerKevin Magnussen
AustraliaQ: 13
R: 11
Q: 14
R: 12
BahrainQ: 19
R: DNS
Q: 22
R: 11
ChinaQ: 19
R: 22
Q: 17
R: 17
RussiaQ: 18
R: 13
Q: 17
R: 7
SpainQ: 17
R: 13
Q: 15
R: 12
MonacoQ: 18
R: DNF
Q: 16
R: DNF
CanadaQ: 16
R: DNF
Q: DNQ
R: 16
EuropeQ: 21
R: 15
Q: 22
R: 14
AustriaQ: 19
R: 12
Q: 17
R: 14
BritainQ: 18
R: DNF
Q: 16
R: DNF
HungaryQ: 17
R: 12
Q: 19
R: 15
GermanyQ: 14
R: 19
Q: 16
R: 16

 

Renault has been lucky enough to have two pretty good drivers for this season. While at some points they have had difficulties like any team will throughout the season like with the double DNF’s at Monaco and Britain. But both drivers seem to be pushing each other to do better. If you look at the finishes of both drivers, they both usually finish at least four positions ahead of where they qualify. While Magnussen is the only one who has scored points this season with the six back in Russia. The rookie Palmer has been on the hunt and is oh so close to finally getting them especially back in Hungary before he spun late in the race and lost his chance at his first F1 points.

 

Team Performance

The entire Renault team have done a great job engineering wise with what they’re working with. The RS16 chassis and engine haven’t been a perfect match giving the team some performance issues throughout the season, especially in one lap pace as shown by their qualifying at places like Russia and Europe.  

 

Looking Forward

Renault currently has neither Magnussen or Palmer signed on for next season. I expect them to retain Magnussen given his performances this season and I think they should keep Palmer as well. Both drivers have shown that they can drive and especially when they have an entire season to prepare and get the car squared away they should be able to get up and contend with the midfield runners. Palmer should have some of the tension pulled off his shoulders going into the second half with Esteban Ocon, Renault’s reserve driver signing on with Manor for the rest of the season after Rio Haryanto’s departure.

 

Renault has come out and said they aren’t expecting to put out any more upgrades to their engine unless it will help improve their 2017 set up. For Renault that is the key for them, 2016 will not see them competing for points every weekend but the 2017 season is wide open and from their performance this year, with little time to get the car fully developed and set up they can easily be regular points scorers next season.

F1 2016 Midseason Review: Renault make strides but still have work to do

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