Firm to hold extraordinary board meeting to discuss its future in the sport
4 November 2009

Renault is holding an extraordinary board meeting today to discuss its future plans in Formula One.

Toyota pulled out of the sport earlier today and although Renault appears to be more committed than the Japanese squad, Toyota’s decision could allow Renault an easy escape route should it wish.

Toyota pulls out of F1Alan Henry blog: Car manufacturers can't cut it in F1

Renault’s reputation was tarnished earlier in the year after it admitted fixing the result of 2008’s Singapore grand prix. Driver Nelson Piquet agreed with engineer Pat Symonds and team principal Flavio Briatore that he would deliberately crash, and the resulting circumstances allowed his team mate Fernando Alonso to take victory.

It lost title sponsor ING as a result of the scandal, but watch maker TW Steel has been lined up as a replacement next year.

The firm has also signed Robert Kubica as its lead driver for next year to replace Fernando Alonso, who is moving to Ferrari.

Renault is expected to clarify its position in F1 later today.

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4 November 2009

If this does happen, Robert Kubica must feel like he is the unluckiest bloke in F1 at the moment!!



It's all about the twisties........

4 November 2009

If Renault do withdraw then not only do we lose two teams but two engines also! Toyota and Renault both supplied engines to Williams and Red Bull respectively. BMW will probably not make engines either.

That leaves Mercedes, Ferrari and Cosworth as the engine suppliers.

4 November 2009

As I understand it, renault have invested heavily in next year's car. So not sure where that leaves them, perhaps they could still exist as an engine supplier without being resopnsible for a full outfit.

4 November 2009

Realistically (i.e. without the use of rose tints) do the Manufacturers really get a benefit from competing in F1 with, perhaps, the exception of Ferrari? I can't say I've ever felt the need to support the team by rushing out and buying a Kangoo...

4 November 2009

Didn't Renault only escaped severe fines and penalties by pledging they'd stay in F1?

Now that FOTA has self-destruct and Bernie firmly back in the driving seat. I wonder what would happen to F1 with most of the engine suppliers having left or about to leave the sport...........A boring one-make series? I so look forward to some no-name tyre manufacturer to be the tyre supplier in 2011.

On the flip side, the next few years may be the Golden Age for Mercedes Benz. They have Brawn, Mercedes Benz, Force India, and possibly the Red Bull team on their roster. They are going to be hard to beat. I sure hope Qadbak Sauber be powered by Mercedes Benz too, that would be some irony.

The new Cossie engine will take a season or two to get up to speed.

4 November 2009

Good point about the Tyre Manufacturer.

I cannot put into words how much I'd love to see Nangkang on the sidewalls...

4 November 2009

[quote Chunkster]The new Cossie engine will take a season or two to get up to speed.[/quote] Really? Cosworth pretty much existed to make V8s.

As for Renault, marketing industry people used to think their participation in F1 was pointless back in the 90s when Mansell/Williams conquered all.


I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

4 November 2009

I doubt Michelin or Goodyear are willing to come back to F1 unless the supply agreement becomes a money-making venture.

I remember my jaw dropped to almost resemble Schumacher's when I saw the Cooper name on the tyres of the A1 racers.

I'd be laughing if I am Dr Dieter Zetsche and Norbert Haug (if they have already had the 2010 F1 budget signed off). The Mercedes Benz contingent will be to beat in the next few years.

My wildcard of the day, AMG and HWA (with backing from some gentlemen from the Middle East) to buy Toyota's F1 business. These guys have been dreaming to go into F1 on their own. But they are sensible folks and would probably only buy the team's assets (as bernie wil probably not grant them a F1 slot). The Toyota F1 facilities in Cologne are state of the art and will be useful for AMG and HWA's DTM, Sportscar, and F1 aspirations.

4 November 2009

[quote TheOmegaMan]Really? Cosworth pretty much existed to make V8s.[/quote]

Yup, let's bring back the venerable DFV V8's and get the game started. Let's also forget the KERS. They were more hassle than they're worth.

4 November 2009

Each lost manufacturer makes Bernie's crusade into the Middle East look more and more silly. Wasn't the whole point of it to promote the car brands? Couldn't care less for losing Renault.


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