This being Formula 1 one sometimes forgets that listed companies have to do a bit more paperwork than others so it seems that the Williams-Mercedes deal will not be announced until the end of next week, which will give the company time to go through all the necessary regulatory filings in Germany.
Renault has now confirmed that Toro Rosso is joining its clan and that Red Bull will continue to use Renault-badged engines in 2014. Carlos Ghosn said that the company needs three teams in 2014 and that a third deal will be announced shortly. This is the Caterham deal, the two companies being tied together by an industrial alliance.
The big question mark therefore is over the supply of engines to Lotus. It is logical for both sides to continue with the arrangement but there is some quibbling going on over money as the Renault price tag of $26 million is a little steep. It is believed that Bernie Ecclestone is helping to nudge Renault towards a deal by suggesting that it would be a good idea for the manufacturer to take a stake in the team and thus get more Renault branding and give the team its engines at a reduced rate (or even for free). In return Renault would be able to have its own motorhome in the F1 Paddock and other benefits that come for those who are more than just suppliers.