Re­nault: we’ll quit For­mula 1 if we can’t be com­pet­i­tive

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Their four ti­tles with Red Bull didn’t bring them the pub­lic­ity they sought; now trou­bled Re­nault con­sider ex­it­ing F1

Re­nault have ad­mit­ted that they are likely to quit For­mula 1 at the end of next sea­son if they can­not make their en­gine com­pet­i­tive for 2016.

The French rm have a sup­ply con­tract with Red Bull un­til the end of 2016, and are work­ing out a strat­egy for the com­ing years. Their op­tions are to carry on purely as an en­gine sup­plier, be­come a team owner again in ad­di­tion to sup­ply­ing en­gines to oth­ers, or pull out al­to­gether.

Re­nault Sport boss Cyril Abite­boul told F1 Rac­ing: “What we have to do is bring the en­gine to a com­pet­i­tive level be­cause there won’t be any fu­ture for Re­nault in F1 if we do not have a com­pet­i­tive en­gine. That is the rst step.

“The sec­ond step is to see if we can nd a way for­ward with Red Bull that can work for both par­ties from a strate­gic per­spec­tive. When I say strate­gic, it is very much mar­ket­ing be­cause we are in F1 for a com­mer­cial pur­pose, which is, at the end of the day, to sell more cars. And right now, what we see is that the Red Bull part­ner­ship is not re­ally de­liv­er­ing what it costs to our or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Red Bull are well aware of that fact but if we man­age to nd a way for­ward ei­ther nan­cially or from a mar­ket­ing per­spec­tive there is no rea­son why our part­ner­ship won’t con­tinue be­yond 2016.”

Re­nault have been con­cerned for some time that they are not reap­ing the mar­ket­ing benets they ex­pected from their four con­sec­u­tive ti­tle dou­bles with Red Bull. “The prob­lem we had was that when we were win­ning cham­pi­onships with Red Bull Rac­ing, no one was ever talk­ing about us,” said Abite­boul.

He added: “It is a ques­tion of value for money. What it costs ver­sus what it de­liv­ers. To de­liver you need to be com­pet­i­tive, but as I said, we have won four ti­tles with Red Bull and we see that the mar­ket­ing value was not good enough.

“It is not nec­es­sar­ily the fault of Red Bull. Maybe it is a setup of be­ing an en­gine sup­plier that just does not work in mod­ern F1. We don’t know yet. We have not made our mind up or done the anal­y­sis.

“At the mo­ment, ev­ery­one is fo­cused on en­gine per­for­mance. Then we will start think­ing about what to do next.”

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