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Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015

Renault edging closer to Lotus announcement

Renault's Cyril Abiteboul is optimistic that an announcement regarding the takeover of the Lotus squad can take place as early as next week. Renault signed a letter of intent to purchase the outfit in September and while employees of the French manufacturer have been working at Enstone for the past few months, no official confirmation has yet been forthcoming. "I’m afraid I can’t answer to that question," Abiteboul said when asked about Renault's 2016 plans. "I would like to be in a position to be […]

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015

Renault admits shortfall in new power unit pace

Renault has admitted that its upgraded power unit did not deliver the anticipated step forward in performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Red Bull installed the updated unit into Daniel Ricciardo's RB11 but the Australian expressed disappointment after qualifying, believing that using the modified engine was not worth the 10-place grid penalty which came with it. Renault chief Remi Taffin was encouraged by the power unit's reliability, but concurred with Ricciardo's comments. "From a technical standpoint, we tried out the new ICE [Internal Combustion Engine] […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Upgraded Renault engine available in Austin

Renault says that it will make its upgraded power unit available at the United States Grand Prix, though it has not yet been decided whether Red Bull and Toro Rosso will use the updated engine. Renault has held back on using its development tokens until this weekend's event but any changes for Red Bull and Toro Rosso will require drivers to sustain a grid penalty. "We will have our new specification of power unit available to use in Austin," said Renault chief Remi Taffin. "The […]

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015

Renault edges closer to Lotus takeover

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 […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Renault to cease being engine supplier

Renault has confirmed that it will cease to be an engine supplier in Formula 1, narrowing its future options in the sport. Renault currently supplies Red Bull and Toro Rosso but the French manufacturer has confirmed that it is renegotiating its deals with the squads as it evaluates its future in the sport. Renault will now either return as a full works team or withdraw from Formula 1 entirely. "We said very clearly, it's finished," CEO Carlos Ghosn is quoted by Autosport on Renault's position […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Horner: Renault updates will take time

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Renault's development rate tests the squad's patience but is wary that significant engine updates will not arrive until the final few races of 2015. Red Bull has endured a troublesome campaign and the team's relationship with engine supplier Renault has been strained due to the lack of top results. Horner says that Renault is optimistic over its potential performance gains but accepts that such improvements may not be ready for a couple of months. "Of course it [waiting] […]

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015

Renault frustrated by Silverstone retirements

Renault chiefs were left frustrated as it encountered further reliability issues at the British Grand Prix. Both Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. retired from the race due to suspected electrical issues, costing the pair points. "It was a fascinating race for the fans, but frustrating for us," said Director of Operations Remi Taffin. "Daniil [Kvyat] drove well to finish under a second from fifth. The car and engine worked well together, and he was able to adapt to the changing […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Renault: Options open ahead of decision

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn says the manufacturer's options over its future plans remain open but that a decision will be made within the next few months. Renault currently acts as power unit supplier to Red Bull and Toro Rosso but this year has suggested it may take over a team or quit the sport altogether. Renault last operated its own team between 2002 and 2009, when it headed the squad currently known as Lotus. Ghosn says that the company has several options but that it […]

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Renault braced for challenging weekend

Renault says it is braced for a challenging weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix as it acknowledges that the circuit layout will not play to the strengths of its power unit. Only one Renault-powered driver scored points in Canada, with Daniil Kvyat claiming ninth position for Red Bull. Director of Operations Remi Taffin says that Renault is expecting a difficult weekend but must take advantage of any potential opportunities. "Austria is the second in a trio of fast, flowing tracks, coming after Montreal and before […]

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2015

Marko: Red Bull waiting on Renault results

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko says the outfit is waiting on results from Renault's different development approach, which should determine whether the partnership will be successful long-term. Red Bull has endured a troublesome start to its 2015 campaign, currently sitting in fourth place in the Constructors' championship without a podium finish from the opening seven rounds. "We knew that the Monaco result [fourth and fifth] did not reflect our real situation because in Monaco power is not that important," Marko told the Official F1 website. […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Renault turning attention to lap time

Renault says it is switching its attention to performance, having prioritised improving reliability across the opening part of 2015. Renault was beset by mechanical problems during the preliminary phase of the campaign but has since enjoyed stronger reliability, albeit with its customers lagging behind rivals Mercedes and Ferrari. "The results are nothing to write home about, but there are a number of positives to take away from the weekend," said Renault Sport managing director Cyril Abiteboul. "For the third race in a row we have […]

Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Renault satisfied after best 2015 result

Renault believes that it is heading in the right direction after securing its best result of 2015 at the Monaco Grand Prix. Daniil Kvyat claimed fourth position while Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo took fifth, with Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. in 10th place. "We arrived in Monaco focused on one thing; delivering consistent and reliable performance," said Renault Director of Operations Remi Taffin. "We leave knowing we achieved this aim. It’s a step forward and follows our expected development curve. With another box ticked, […]