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The Renault R.S.16 was a car designed by Renault for the 2016 Formula One season. The RS16 was powered by the Renault R.E.16 engine, and their drivers were Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer.

Pastor Maldonado was originally going to be Renault's driver for 2016 alongside Palmer, but due to lack of sponsorship payments, he was replaced by Magnussen.

The car was launched on 3 February 2016 with an interim livery in the team event at Paris, France with the car based on the Lotus E23 Hybrid. Their 2016 car was driven out on the first pre-season test at Barcelona, and their real car was unveiled before the 2016 Australian Grand Prix with a full-yellow livery.

Season review[]

The interim livery, used in testing

In the first race at Australia, Palmer qualified 14th, and Magnussen qualified 15th. In the race, Kevin Magnussen suffered a puncture, but would finish 12th, behind Jolyon Palmer, thanks to a red flag caused by a big crash involving Haas' Esteban Gutiérrez and McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

At the second round in Bahrain, Palmer failed to start the race due to a hydraulics failure. In China, Magnussen finished 17th and Palmer 22nd and last. In Russia, Magnussen secured the first points finish for the team since the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix, by overtaking Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo on Turn 5.

Jolyon Palmer secured his first points-scoring finish by finishing 10th at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Overall, the Renault RS16 scored a total of 8 points, and Renault finished a low ninth place in the Constructors' Championship.


Complete Formula One Results[]

Complete Formula One Results
Year Driver Tyre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
2016 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Denmark Magnussen P 12th 11th 17th 7th 15th Ret 16th 14th 14th 17th 15th 16th Ret 17th 10th Ret 14th 12th 17th 14th Ret
United Kingdom Palmer 11th DNS 22nd 13th 13th Ret Ret 15th 12th Ret 12th 19th 15th Ret 15th 10th 12th 13th 14th Ret 17th
Russia Sirotkin TD TD
France Ocon TD TD TD TD

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Full results
V T E 2016 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Haas • Manor • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers alphabetically Alonso • Bottas • Button • Ericsson • Grosjean • Gutiérrez • Hamilton • Haryanto • Hülkenberg • Kvyat • Magnussen • Massa • Nasr • Ocon • Palmer • Pérez • Räikkönen • Ricciardo • Rosberg • Sainz • Vandoorne  • Verstappen • Vettel • Wehrlein
Drivers by number Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 30 Palmer • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Vandoorne  • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 88 Haryanto • 94 Wehrlein
Other Drivers Celis • di Resta • Fong • Fuoco • Gasly • Jordá • Kari • King • Leclerc • Lynn • Matsushita • Mazepin • Paffett • Rossi • Stoneman • Stroll • Turvey • Vergne
Cars Ferrari SF16-H • Force India VJM09 • Haas VF-16 • Manor MRT05 • McLaren MP4-31 • Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid • Red Bull RB12 • Renault RS16 • Sauber C35 • Toro Rosso STR11 • Williams FW38
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Bahrain • China • Russia • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Baku • Austria • Britain • Hungary • Germany • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Malaysia • Japan • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Paul Ricard • Barcelona: 1 • 2 • 3
See also 2015 Formula One Season • 2017 Formula One Season • Category
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