Surfs Up! Renault Yellow Is Back

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer

After teasing the Formula One universe with an interim paint job, the definitive Renault look of 2016 broke cover today. Sliding in on a surfboard, the team debuted their 2016 livery in grand fashion. From the look of the beach themed debut, Renault F1 is back on the scene and is looking to make a statement. The team release today came after running a black with yellow trimmed car for testing in Barcelona and at the team’s launch, last month in Paris.

“The R.S. 16 will call back to the traditional Renault color.” Stated Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul. He followed with, “Tonight is about our identity and what Renault stands for.”

The yellow-gold with black trim coloration immediately aligns with the traditional yellow used on historical Renault race cars. Using a matte finish over a gloss coat was more than a stylistic choice as it saved weight on the car.

It was a great launch, proof that Renault is back and plans to make an impact!

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Growing up in a racing family, Steve Aibel was surrounded by Allards, Crosleys and Corvettes! A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Steve was drawn to the automobile magazines strewn throughout the house and Formula 1 in particular. With go karts, motorcycles and vintage race cars in the garage, it was inevitable that the torch would be carried by Steve. Lime Rock Park was his own personal playground while still keeping an eye on the pinnacle of motorsports overseas called Formula 1. Now, in the shadows of Circuit of the Americas, Steve is able to not only follow F1, he makes it the object of this racing stories. This passion for Formula 1 is shared weekly writing original articles for both Tribute Racing and Drafting the Circuits. He also participates in two weekly radio shows. Drafting The Circuits, (, which airs Tuesday evening at 7 pm CST and Formula 1 Racing Plus (, which broadcasts throughout the week on Performance Motorsports Network. Steve's motorsports photography can be found at