Renault tempted to return with Grosjean
6 October, 2011
Oct.6 (GMM) French carmaker Renault considered returning to Formula 1 as a team owner and running new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean in “la nationalite tricolore”.
That is the claim of Auto Hebdo, lamenting that “the deal was not concluded”.
A brief report on the magazine’s website said the plan was for Renault SA, having withdrawn as a team owner after the 2009 ‘crashgate’ scandal, to return to the grid with the Enstone based team that still bears its name.
“Romain Grosjean at Renault GP? With a team that would have resumed its historic colours? We are able to confirm that, yes, it was discussed recently.
“But ‘la marque au Losange’ chose instead to enhance its presence in F1 with Red Bull, so between Enstone and the French, the gap will now only get bigger,” claimed autohebdo.fr.
Renault currently are engine suppliers to world champions Red Bull Racing, the Genii owned Renault F1 Team and Team Lotus, with Williams set to use Renault power in 2012.