F1 » Does Glock Manor deal signal Renault F1 exit?


Having been widely expected to join Robert Kubica at Renault, the announcement that Toyota refugee Timo Glock has signed to compete with F1 2010 newcomer Manor Grand Prix - a.k.a Virgin - may hint that the French manufacturer's commitment is not so long-term after all...

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JohnsonsEvilTwin

November 17, 2009 10:41 AM

As is evident at the moment, this is not really about money. Teams are spending half as much as they used to and drivers wages have dropped through the floor. Along with slightly more revenue why are the manufacturers (and Bridgestone)leaving in their droves?

I would say FIA politicking and unsublte mafia style of rule would be the most appropriate answer. I guess Renault are just waiting for a reason to jump......

JJJ

November 17, 2009 10:48 AM

Maybe Renault will be there for just one more year and pull out a decent amount of time after crashgate. Kubica being the 1st driver and all wouldn't have a problem with that (since it's rumoured he has a 1 year deal anyway), but we all know how good that 2nd car at Renault is.
After 1 year of getting beat by Kubica, who'd want to hire Glock then? At Manor, he'll be the first driver and will most likely be beating his teammate, so prospects are much better for the long term.

Mr T

November 17, 2009 10:53 AM

What is the return on investment for involvement in F1? The real issue for F1 is that manufacturers have not cottoned on to online advertising. They get a much much better direct response from online advertising for a fraction of the price of the costs associated with running an F1 team. I believe Renault will leave F1 at the end of the year.

Cardinal

November 17, 2009 11:30 AM

I hope Glock knows what he's doing. He obviously thought better of going to Renault - doesn't mean they are pulling out though. Come on Crash, get some decent journalists working for you, speculation is not news. I think Kubica has a one-year deal, and he will be off in 2011 when Renault quit. Otherwise why would they have signed him? Montagny thinks he has a good chance of going there next year, so signs are they are staying. I hope they are not going to do the dirty on Kubica and leave him without a drive. At least Toyota had the good grace to warn their drivers to look elsewhere.

Smokin'Jo. - Unregistered

November 17, 2009 12:03 PM

Cardinal,why do you take crash to task for speculation and then add further speculation of your own? To have not replied would have been a more effective way of voicing your displeasure towards them as they need the 'hits' to please their advertisers?

Cardinal

November 17, 2009 12:19 PM

Smokin Jo

I am not a journalist - I am a motorsports fan. This is essentially an F1 forum where we can say what we want. On our part, the speculation, chat etc is fun - that's why we all post here. But for an established motorsports website to put up gossip and pretend it is news is not the way to go about things. But there you go.

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