F1 » Prodrive latest name linked to Renault F1 takeover

David Richards' independent Prodrive operation may have been overlooked for a spot on the 2010 grand prix grid by F1 governing body the FIA - but might it now find a way in through the back door instead via Renault...?

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DampMongoose - Unregistered

December 03, 2009 2:38 PM

Of course Dave Richards is linked to it... he hasn't been in the press being linked to entering/buying a team for weeks now... not that it will come to anything, it never does! It's all Hot air and Mullets with Dave!


December 03, 2009 2:55 PM

funny. the fia did not consider him fit to enter during their "selection "process. does he now want to buy himself a sure place on the grid. renault does not sit well with his current projects. seems a little unlikely to me. toyota have turned down stefangp, so presumably they will be making a move on renault too!

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

December 03, 2009 3:25 PM

Through a wierd set of circumstances I know of at least one luxury car manufacturer which would sell the name of an ex-F1 WDC-winning team to the highest bidder, almost no questions asked. It would keep the French lineage as well.....

Roger Wilson - Unregistered

December 03, 2009 3:43 PM

Obviously Jason you have never met the man or been in his company in the workplace - I have. A better man in this diaster of a F1 world at the moment, one could not find. As for all this being "hot air" I somehow dont think so.
They have survived the Subaru saga and the Aston projects have been successful and of course there is the much rumoured Mini WRC project. Vasbyt as we say here in SA

DampMongoose - Unregistered

December 03, 2009 3:58 PM

Matra is the only one I can think of in reply to the comment above??? I can't think off hand of another that has won the Drivers championship not in current form anyway...

Jason Robinson

December 03, 2009 4:19 PM

@ Roger,

All he has done for the past year or so is make a lot of noise about being in F1 but not made a real effort to make sure it happens. He can talk the talk alright but that is about it. As for Subaru he had the best car and drivers at that time.


December 03, 2009 4:39 PM

dampmongoose. i too am puzzled by piercarlos comment. matra have never been a luxury car maker, so that rules them out. since f1 came into being, i think that the only other french make to win the wdc is renault. maybe hes thinking of bugatti, a german owned brand, but who never competed in f1. come on, pc, put us out of our misery!

Dice - Unregistered

December 03, 2009 4:40 PM

Actually Jason, Dave & Prodrive did alot more than just talk ...

... they submitted a credible entry.
The fact that the FIA chose to award entries to other less qualified teams is questionable.

In fact Prodrive would have already been in F1, were it not for Williams (obviously a heavily MadMax influenced team) killing the customer car deal that would have seen them enter McLaren built & Mercedes powered cars.

Dave is no fool, as can be seen from the success of Subaru, AMR & the Ferrari F550's. He know's what is sustainable / viable, & he knows what isnt.
He isnt sentimental about being in F1 at all costs.

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