Renault's return to Formula 1 continues to gather pace as it confirmed its new car has passed the FIA's mandatory crash test.

Revealed on the Lotus Twitter feed, which is continuing to tease Renault's much anticipated return to F1 as a works entry without undergoing a full social media rebrand yet, the tweet read 'Chassis Homologation: Done'.

Following the confirmation that it would take control of the Lotus team in December, Renault will unveil the full management structure of the revived factory effort at a ceremony in France next month.

ART Grand Prix boss Frederic Vasseur is tipped to helm the team, while former F1 champion and team owner Alain Prost has also been linked with a significant role having forged strong ties with Renault through its Formula E entry.

As it stands, Pastor Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer forms Renault's driver line-up after both were signed by the erstwhile Lotus set up, though the former's position is said to be under threat due to non-payment of funding from state-backed oil company PDVSA in his native Venezuela.