Prodrive F1 or Aston Martin F1, Renault Out?

Renault is working out a plan to leave Formula 1 before the start of next season, according to L’Equipe newspaper in France.

A team has been charged by Renault president Carlos Ghosn with making a study into the possibility of striking a deal with Prodrive’s David Richards to take the team on.
According to L’Equipe, Renault Sport president Bernard Rey is leading the work to find an exit strategy while Ghosn has been meeting F1 commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone a lot recently.

According to L’Equipe, Renault Sport president Bernard Rey is leading the work to find an exit strategy while Ghosn has been meeting F1 commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone a lot recently.

Prodrive have been banging on about a place in F1 for so long, and with their candidature for 2010 refused by FIA earlier in the year they would definitely take this on if the price is right.

They could easily move to Renault’s current facilities with a built in wind tunnel and CFD department. They are currently based in  Banbury, England, but had already planned to relocate to a new 200-acre motorsport facility called “The Fulcrum” (based at the former RAF Honiley airfield) near Wroxall, Warwickshire if FIA had accepted their entry for 2010.

Earlier in the year, boss David Richards was linked to buying out the abandoned Honda team and using it as an output for Prodrive.

This would make Bernie happy too as he has global ambitions for the sport which will be further strengthened with a Korean team on the Grid.

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