The future of Renault’s F1 team

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A few developments in recent weeks have planted seeds of doubt in my mind about Renault?s future in Formula 1. Fernando Alonso seems to want to leave the team and they?ve admitted their engine programme has fallen behind their rivals’. The general economic outlook remains gloomy and it seems particularly poor for Renault?s car making … Continue reading The future of Renault’s F1 team

Flavio Briatore admits Renault have fallen behind on engine development

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The F1 team bosses have been meeting at Ferrari?s headquarters in Maranello to come up with a set of proposals for F1?s rules for 2011 and beyond. Speaking before the meeting, Renault?s Flavio Briatore gave a frank assessment of his team?s problems: The problem is that us, Renault, have stuck to the letter of the … Continue reading Flavio Briatore admits Renault have fallen behind on engine development

Has Flavio Briatore lost interest again?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

What’s the problem with Renault? It was no great surprise to see the champions of 2005 and 2006 lose their way in 2007. There was certainly no shortage of explanations: they had lost their champion driver and talisman of the team, Fernando Alonso. They had lost the Michelin tyres to which generations of Renault chassis … Continue reading Has Flavio Briatore lost interest again?

Flavio Briatore’s risky gamble on Fernando Alonso may not pay off

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

After leaving McLaren and returning to Renault, Fernando Alonso is a happy bunny now, right. Apparently not – in an interview with a Spanish publication he showed he was already thinking of moving on again: I’m at Renault because I wanted to get back to winning, like in 2005 and 2006, if not this year … Continue reading Flavio Briatore’s risky gamble on Fernando Alonso may not pay off

The consequences of Thursday’s Renault-McLaren spy hearing (updated)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The most controversial season in memory drags on as the World Motor Sports Council waits to hear another enquiry into alleged spying tomorrow. This could turn out to be an important moment for the sport particularly if Renault are found to be guilty of the same misdemeanour as McLaren. It determine whether Fernando Alonso races … Continue reading The consequences of Thursday’s Renault-McLaren spy hearing (updated)

Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jnr at Renault in 2008?

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As speculation grows over Fernando Alonso’s future, Renault’s Flavio Briatore had this to say about his driver pairing for 2008: Renault will certainly have different drivers next year. Alonso has a 60% chance of coming to us. Alonso moving to Renault has been tipped for some time. His most likely partner there – assuming it … Continue reading Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jnr at Renault in 2008?

Debate: End of the line for Fisichella?

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What next for Giancarlo Fisichella? The man who was once considered the most promising talent not to have a front-line seat has conspicuously failed to deliver since arriving at Renault in 2005. He’s lagging behind his junior team mate in the world championship standings and the team has not yet confirmed his position for next … Continue reading Debate: End of the line for Fisichella?

F1 in the news 50: Hamilton vs Schumacher

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Bernie Ecclestone is keen to see a battle between Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher – but even his megabucks might not be enough to make it happen. Also in the F1 news this week advertising revenue from the Turkish GP broadcast fell, speculation over the futures of Nelson Piquet Jnr and Nico Rosberg, and safety … Continue reading F1 in the news 50: Hamilton vs Schumacher

F1 in the news 49: Inside Spyker

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A fascinating behind-the-scenes feature on the fledgling Spyker team is the highlight of a bumper F1 news round-up this week. Also check out an excerpt from David Coulthard’s new autobiography in which he admitted to suffering from an eating disorder, thoughts from Honda’s under-fire aerodynamicist Shuhei Nakamoto, and an interview with 1979 F1 champion Jody … Continue reading F1 in the news 49: Inside Spyker

Briatore: ‘Throw McLaren out’ (updated)

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Renault boss Flavio Briatore was waded into the spying row, alleging that McLaren had access to confidential Ferrari information much earlier than April this year. He demanded McLaren’s exclusion from the championship and also stated his objection to the introduction of engine control systems developed by Microsoft McLaren Electronic Systems for every team next year. … Continue reading Briatore: ‘Throw McLaren out’ (updated)

McLaren spy verdict: Why the FIA were right

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McLaren’s escape from yesterday’s World Motor Sports Council hearing without a punishment has been met with criticism. Jean Todt called the verdict “incomprehensible and grave” and threatened an appeal. Renault team boss Flavio Briatore admitted he didn’t understand the decision: “If someone had some advantage from the possession of the material, it would have been … Continue reading McLaren spy verdict: Why the FIA were right