Renault's executive committee is meeting in Paris today to discuss the future of the Formula One team - and mounting speculation suggests the outfit could be sold to Prodrive's David Richards.
Prodrive has long held F1 ambitions, having come close a few years ago to running customer McLaren-Mercedes cars, and having submitted a bid for one of the vacant slots on the grid earlier this year. Speculation then suggested the team would initially run as Prodrive, before being rebranded Aston Martin, which Richards also has a stake in.
A Prodrive spokesman told autosport.com: "We cannot comment on the Renault situation, but it is well known that our intention is to get back into F1.
"We proved our credentials earlier this year when we had a strong business case for an entry, but having had an engine deal with Mercedes-Benz in place we were not willing to sacrifice our competitiveness."
Renault's CEO Carlos Ghosn recently questioned the benefits of his company being involved in F1, raising speculation that the manufacturer was looking to leave the sport.