F1 » Renault deny financial problems - but may quit anyway

FIA president Jean Todt has confirmed that Renault could leave F1 if the 2013 rule changes are not adopted, but the team insists that it will not go before then.

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hugho91 - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 11:34 AM

if f1 goes to small engines reno stays in. At the same time wouldn't the renault world series become the big winner which already use's 3 liter engines compared with current f1 which has 2.4 liter engines. world series then becomes the biggest/loudest open wheel racing championship. for renault that would be a win/win situation wouldn't it?


June 07, 2011 11:55 AM

most confusing story. there is no "renault" team (as owned by manufacturer renault). instead, there is a lotus renault team, owned by genii capital/lotus group. as far as i am aware, renault have no financial stake. however, renault exists as an engine manufacturer.
so presumably it is the (genii capital) team that is reported to be short of money, whilst another entity, engine manufacturer renault, who are saying they wont provide engines if the turbo is dropped.
its all very confusing!

walrus909 - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 12:21 PM

One thing for sure, if you combine their engine,a brilliant designer, a'drinks company',and the latest hot shoe, the results are total domination. Lotus/Renalt's fortunes have become simular to the satelite teams in Moto GP, only perversly inversed. BTW, hope to see Kubica race again, a total class act.

jfarney - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 1:32 PM

I think this story has been mixed up slightly.
It is actually Renault Sport Engines, that are threatening to pull out and not Lotus Renault gp team.
Would be nice, if when website's write articles, they actually get the facts right!.


June 07, 2011 1:43 PM

Having done all the development, got the reliability, amortized the costs of the current engine, then surely it's madness for Renault to back a completely new engine.
They could very easily end up with an unreliable dog of an engine, and then all their good work over the last few years goes down the drain.


June 07, 2011 2:06 PM

The change is inevitable. If Renault is saying that the current engines are not road relevant, that makes it two because I recall VW saying the same thing. I particularly don't care, I will watch F1 even if cars are pulled by a horse.

Dale - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 4:18 PM

So leave then? I mean are we as fans really saying that we'd be ok with 4 cyclinder engines? Because I'm not ok with that. I'm tired of going "green". Racing isn't green and never will be and thats fine. I want big engines and loud cars and raw speed. Nascar and indy use v8's, so why not f1? Arent' they suppose to be at the top of the foodchain in motorsport?

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