Bernie Ecclestone says Prodrive is not alone in wanting to buy Renault's F1 team
8 December 2009

Bernie Ecclestone claims there are now four parties interested in buying Renault’s Formula One team, with a deal set to be done before Christmas.

Previously only two parties were said to be interested – David Richards’ Prodrive group and Gerard Lopez’s Luxembourg investment fund Genii Capital – but Ecclestone told The Times there are two more groups in talks with Renault chiefs.

“Richards is up against more than somebody," he said. “There is the Gerard Lopez group, there is David Richards and then there are another two people.

“I don't think there is any big rush to get something done. [But] I hope it can be done within the next 10 days and before everybody breaks up for Christmas.”

French sports newspaper L'Equipe claims Ecclestone favours the Lopez deal and has linked former BAR boss Craig Pollock with taking a senior role on the team’s pit wall.

L’Equipe also claims that the Lopez deal would involve the team keeping the Renault name for 2010.

The French car manufacturer's executive committee met in Paris last week to discuss the future plans for the team, ahead of a crunch board meeting later this week.

Twitter - follow all the latest Renault reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?