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.

FIA Formula One World Championship 2010 Calendar

FIA released the official Formula One World Championship 2010 Calendar a few days ago…

We’re starting this year at Bahrain and ending at Brazil instead of Abu Dhabi like 2009. Sadly the Grand Prix of Great Britain isn’t Guaranteed as of yet! :-(

Dates Races Country
14.03.2010 Grand Prix of Bahrain BHR
28.03.2010 Grand Prix of Australia AUS
04.04.2010 Grand Prix of Malaysia MYS
18.04.2010 Grand Prix of China CHN
09.05.2010 Grand Prix of Spain ESP
16.05.2010 Grand Prix of Monaco MCO
30.05.2010 Grand Prix of Turkey TUR
13.06.2010 Grand Prix of Canada * CAN
27.06.2010 Grand Prix of Europe ESP
11.07.2010 Grand Prix of Great Britain * GBR
25.07.2010 Grand Prix of Germany DEU
01.08.2010 Grand Prix of Hungary HUN
29.08.2010 Grand Prix of Belgium BEL
12.09.2010 Grand Prix of Italy ITA
26.09.2010 Grand Prix of Singapore SGP
03.10.2010 Grand Prix of Japan JPN
17.10.2010 Grand Prix of Korea * KOR
31.10.2010 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi ARE
14.11.2010 Grand Prix of Brazil BRA

Can’t wait