Carlos Ghosn, speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show yesterday, said that no decision has yet been made about Renault pulling out of F1 completely, or whether to continue as a team owner. He said that he will soon make a decision. The Renault boss said that the present model as an engine supplier does not work.
“In 2009 Honda, BMW and Toyota all left F1,” he said. “We ourselves hesitated. We stayed out of loyalty and because the name Renault is associated with the history of F1. We have said clearly to the F1 authorities that we are finished as an engine supplier. One thing is certain, we are no longer able to stay with the current configuration: when we win, it is the team that wins; when we lose, it is the fault of the engine manufacturer. We have started to feel that the return on investment is too weeks an engine supplier. Our name was never mentioned when we were winning. Then, with the new engine, the teams that we supply have been pointing fingers at us. Is that fair or not? That is not the question. It is a sport. It is a question of sporting behaviour. And in this kind of sport where the work is a joint effort, we win together and we lose together.”
The messages are clear as daylight. Red Bull can go and find another supplier. And if F1 wants Renault to stay on running a team, the Formula One group needs to recognise (financially, of course) the contributions made over the years by the French firm.