Former DAMS managing director Eric Boullier is to be installed as the new team principal at Renault in F1 2010, according to reports – even though the Frenchman insists the appointment is 'still pending further discussion'.
Renault sold 75 per cent of its Oxfordshire F1 operation to Luxembourg-based investment firm Genii Capital last week, after which point Boullier's name entered the frame. The highly-regarded 36-year-old ran the ultra-successful DAMS operation for many years in GP2, its previous incarnation of International F3000 and A1GP, and under his expert guidance the team claimed a number of trophies and titles – but he recently left to become director of Gravity Sport Management, one of the business interests of Genii founder Gérard Lopez.
What's more, Boullier was linked to taking over the reins at Renault F1 in the wake of Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds' departure in disgrace following the spectacular fall-out from the 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal earlier this year – and he has admitted in the past that 'indirect' contact was made. He was reputedly introduced to the Enstone workforce by Lopez on Tuesday.
“There are some discussions, but it is definitely still pending further discussion,” he stressed, according to the BBC
. “It's one possibility.”
Should the speculation indeed prove to be true, Boullier will replace interim team principal Bob Bell, who was drafted in to fill the void in the short-term but will now seemingly re-assume his responsibilities as technical director.