1 January 1901
Sinault: We are not ruling anything out.
New World Series by Renault team manager Philippe Sinault has confirmed that no decisions have been taken regarding Ultimate Signature's driver line-up for 2008, although he admitted that there were drivers that the team would like to continue working with.
Speaking following confirmation that the team - formed by a working partnership between Sinault's Signature operation and British F3 newcomer Ultimate Motorsport - would fill the final WSbR slot next season, Sinault confirmed that talent on both sides of the equation would be considered for the two seats. Ultimate ran F3000 veteran Esteban Guerrieri and Irishman Michael Devaney in the British series, while Signature fielded F3 rookies Yann Clairay, Dani Clos and Edoardo Mortara in the Euroseries, with the Italian, in particular, impressing.
"We will, of course, be speaking to the drivers we want to carry on working with first," Sinault confirmed, "But we are not ruling anything out at this stage."
Despite having established itself as an F3 frontrunner, Sinault admitted that it was an ideal time for Signature to make the step up to a higher category, and was delighted to have found a partner in Ultimate.
"We felt that, in sporting, technical and marketing terms, the World Series by Renault was the best platform to help us to take our teams to another level," he explained, "The fact that our joining the championship coincides with the beginning of a cycle – and the introduction of a new car – means that we will be able to see how we measure up against the other teams on equal terms.
"The marketing side of things is very important, as both our teams put a strong emphasis on that aspect. The meetings themselves are a great opportunity to invite guests to enjoy the racing action from an insider's perspective. I think that the World Series by Renault concept offers a new way of developing partnerships."
Although motorsport is littered with the remains of partnerships that didn't work out - witness the high profile Hitech Piquet alliance in the inaugural GP2 campaign - the Frenchman is confident that Signature and Ultimate will be pushing in the same direction.
"The alliance we have forged will allow us to pool our human, material and financial resources and thus make us better equipped to meet this new challenge," he stressed, "Physically speaking, the team will be based in the UK, and I think that's a real plus for Signature, as it gives us a foothold in the home of motorsport."
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