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.
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 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!
||Grand Prix of Bahrain
||Grand Prix of Australia
||Grand Prix of Malaysia
||Grand Prix of China
||Grand Prix of Spain
||Grand Prix of Monaco
||Grand Prix of Turkey
||Grand Prix of Canada *
||Grand Prix of Europe
||Grand Prix of Great Britain *
||Grand Prix of Germany
||Grand Prix of Hungary
||Grand Prix of Belgium
||Grand Prix of Italy
||Grand Prix of Singapore
||Grand Prix of Japan
||Grand Prix of Korea *
||Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
||Grand Prix of Brazil