Renault has edged closer to a full-scale Formula 1 return after signing a letter of intent to claim a controlling stake in the Lotus team.
Renault has been heavily linked to a takeover of the Enstone-based squad and has now confirmed that is working on a return ahead of the 2016 campaign.
"Renault Group and Gravity Motorsports S.a.r.l., an affiliate of Genii Capital SA, are pleased to announce the signature of a Letter of Intent regarding the potential acquisition by Renault of a controlling stake in Lotus F1 Team Ltd," read a statement.
"The signature of this Letter of Intent marks Renault’s first step towards the project of a Renault Formula 1 team from the 2016 racing season thereby extending 38 years of commitment of the brand to world’s premier motorsport championship series.
"Renault Group and Gravity will work together in the coming weeks to eventually turn this initial undertaking into a definitive transaction provided all terms and conditions are met between them and other interested parties."