Renault “frustrated by lack of recognition” for success

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Mark Webber, Korea, 2012In the round-up: Renault believe they don’t get enough of the credit for powering Red Bull’s successes in recent years.


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Renault: ‘We don’t get enough out of F1′ (Autocar)

Renault chief operating officer Carlos Tavares: “We are frustrated by the lack of recognition we get for beating the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes. It is true that I think we deserve better.”

Marussia still negotiating with Bernie (ESPN)

“‘We are in active discussion with the Commercial Rights Holder but, as of today [Thursday], we do not have a signed agreement with them,’ a spokesperson confirmed.”

Maldonado highlights the perils of F1’s pay drivers (The Telegraph)

“[Deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez] had personally approved the contract that enabled Maldonado to become the most glaring example of the ‘pay driver’ in F1: a prodigy who owed his seat to a national government pouring up to ??45??million into Williams coffers to ensure greater cachet and recognition on the global stage.”

NBC Sports Group F1 coverage for 2013 (NBC)

“In its initial season of Formula One broadcasting, NBC Sports Group will air 19 Formula One races and 39 qualifying and practice sessions across NBC and NBC Sports Network. Four races will air on NBC, one will be on CNBC and the remaining 14 will be on NBC Sports Network.”


Comment of the day

@F1antics on the political context of the BBC/Sky deal following yesterday’s story about Sky’s forthcoming F1 channel price hike:

The UK Government put the squeeze on the BBC in a number of ways, not least that the BBC has to pay for the installation of rural high-speed broadband out of licence fee income, to the tune of at least ??300m. Labour and the Liberal Democrats had proposed a “levy” to pay for it, but the Conservative government rejected that. This is is the same government whose leader was (is?) close friends with Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News International and protege of Rupert Murdoch (who owns BSkyB).

I?m sure that the people who read and post here are aware of the many challenges facing the BBC, and the relationship the current government has with BSkyB, so I don’t really understand the vilification of the BBC or the defence of Sky.

The gradual move from public to paid content is a result of a plan to weaken public broadcasting in the UK, and to strengthen companies like News Corporation, and empires like the Murdoch’s. And, sadly, as more and more people give Sky their hard-earned money, more programmes will be lost to the average viewer and will only be available to those who can afford it. Eventually will all be over Sky’s barrel, and they’ll charge whatever they want.

It?s like watching frogs being slowly boiled alive. At some point in the future all the people here breathing a sigh of relief that they’re not the ones being screwed this time around, will realise it’s their turn. And they’ll have funded it.

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On this day in F1

McLaren dominated the first race of 1998 but there was controversy as David Coulthard surrendered victory to Mika Hakkinen.

Hakkinen had been leading comfortably until he accidentally pitted due to a problem with his radio. Coulthard later handed the lead back to him.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was third for Williams, over a lap down. Here’s the moment Coulthard gave up the lead:

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129 comments on Renault “frustrated by lack of recognition” for success

  1. Ninjenius (@ninjenius) said on 8th March 2013, 10:41

    Okay Renault, sure, we’ll give you more recognition. Do you want us to bring up your alternators while we’re at it?

  2. luchingador said on 8th March 2013, 12:38

    i think red bull could win even with a cosworth engine, so…..

  3. UKF1rules said on 8th March 2013, 14:26

    I do not care if Maldonado is a pay driver or not, as he is as fast as the best of them. – Also with regards to Chavez paying, good! the country needs some uplifting – their star junior drivers have no where near as much opportunities as rich middle class kids from England and to have one of them in F1 is great. good on him for being payed his way into f1, i could understand the uproar over payed drivers from England and Europe, but lets give South America a chance. it is hard enough as it is to get into f1, Maldonado is a talent and deserves to be in f1 no matter which way he came in. if he wasnt in f1 now, there would be other people crying about how he is unlucky to not be in f1 because of lack of sponsorship or whatever other reason. He has proved enough to show he deserves his seat in f1, and especially in a top f1 team.

  4. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 8th March 2013, 19:33

    “”The name ‘Hermann Tilke’ is indeed holy in the world of motorsports.” Riiight…”

    If you define holy as “despised”, then you’re about right The Nation!

  5. Ivano (@) said on 9th March 2013, 4:49

    Renualt will forever have the honour as the team that ended Schumacher/Ferrari winning spree. They should have continued from there as a proper team, then they would have held onto that recognition.

    • Palle (@palle) said on 9th March 2013, 13:52

      @ivano You’re right, but Renault is actually lucky that RBR are still using their engines – I remember the season where the Renault engine failed RB every now and then and RB almost disgarded them. Renault also had to get a dispense to change some of the construction to make the engine reliable despite the engine spec freeze, otherwise they would have been out of the engine market. The problem about marketing of Renault is mainly – as others have pointed out – that the average owner of a Renault roadcar must have a fantastic imagination to be able to feel the F1 heritage when driving his Renault.

  6. James (@jaymz) said on 9th March 2013, 20:22

    Renault are the worst engine on the grid. Even Cosworth are better. Red bulls ignorance of the RRA and literal bending of the rules are the only reason we remember the Renault name. Oh and the blatant cheating.

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