SEPANG – Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul revealed that they are considering to withdraw their involvement from Formula One after the poor reputation between Renault and the Red Bull team.
Abiteboul said the team was evaluating several options, including buying the team or worse, pulling away their involvement from F1.
“I can confirm that we are looking at a lot of options, including getting out of Formula 1.
“I think the first priority is to get the engine right. We’ve seen in Melbourne that it was not really the start of the season that we were expecting, both on track and off track, so before starting really to think about doing a car I think we need to get the engine under control, so that’s the priority for the time being.
“Then if we can do that we’ll have to review the situation from a marketing and strategic perspective and see if there is anything better to do than we are doing currently, from more of Formula One to less of Formula One, but for the time being we are focused on what we are doing,” he said.
Renault is one of four F1 engine suppliers besides Mercedes, Ferrari and Honda and their absence in the future surely exacerbates the race.