The Melbourne Victory have announced marquee player Besart Berisha has re-signed with the club for a further two seasons.

As well as the sporting and technical growth seen throughout the 2016 Formula One Championship season, there have also been structural changes above and beyond the formation of the Renault Formula 1 team.

“2016 was a year to rebuild relations, re-energise both Enstone and Viry and create synergies within the Renault Sport Racing group and the wider Renault-Nissan Alliance. Our return to Formula 1 was part of a larger strategy for the Renault Sport brand to highlight to a global audience all the evolution of Renault's corporate profile in so many key markets,” Renault Sport Racing Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul explained.

Looking into the future, Renault will be competing on home soil in 2018, with the return of the French Grand Prix.

“Formula One continues to grow in new and exciting markets but we are also very pleased that it is returning to the first market for Grand Prix racing, France. As a company and individually, we are very pleased about the news that Paul Ricard will host the return of the French Grand Prix from 2018 and we hope to be challenging for podiums at that race!” added Abiteboul.

With the Christmas break in full swing the focus is very much on the upcoming 2017 season…

"Next year promises a fantastic show. The cars will be faster and more aggressive looking. The tyres will be wide. The action will be tremendously exciting. We certainly expect to be in the thick of it from the very beginning,” concluded team boss Fred Vasseur.