New Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul has acknowledged that there are some things the French marque can take away from its fractious partnership with Red Bull Racing.
While the two parties are still linked by a common engine in 2016, the Milton Keynes team will be badging its units with TAG-Heuer logos following a tense 2015 in which it openly criticised the regie
's attempts at developing a competitive V6 turbo. Amid threats to quit Renault - and F1, should it not be able to find an alternative partner - Red Bull was forced to return with its tail between its legs after being rebuffed by both Ferrari and Mercedes, and remains somewhat estranged as it looks to not only return to the sport's top table, but also see off the threat of a resurrected Renault works team.
That is of no immediate concern to Abiteboul, however, who has been tasked with the job of rebuilding Renault from the remains of the cash-strapped Lotus team. With F1 returnee Kevin Magnussen and rookie Jolyon Palmer in the cockpit, the Enstone team does not lack for on-track talent, allowing it to concentrate its focus elsewhere. Abiteboul admits, however, that there are elements of the RBR programme, observed during their closest time together, that Renault can use to its own advantage going forward.
"I think you are never really happy with your structure in F1," the Frenchman conceded, "For a big team, you need a structure which is constantly adapting to cover your own shortfalls, but also for the novelties of the sport.
"The one we observed at Red Bull was their capacity to grow, invest in new areas. We are not taking any new ideas from Red Bull, but one thing is to see how they are managing their whole programme, which is fantastic. The level they are into understanding and shaping the structure... that is what we can take away from them and what we are doing in Enstone."