Apr.27 - The CEO of Renault has confirmed that the French carmaker has teamed up to support Michael Andretti's bid to become a new team in Formula 1.

Although the FIA and Liberty Media's doors to F1 are not yet opened to the American motor racing entity, Renault has signed up to supply Andretti with engines in the event that Andretti gets the green light.

"It's not me who manages it, it's Laurent Rossi," Renault CEO Luca de Meo, referring to Alpine's F1 boss. "But I think there are discussions," he is quoted in French by f1only.fr.

"It's interesting because there is a great project behind it, there are competent people who have the means and it can be good for Formula 1," de Meo added.

Of F1's current engine suppliers, including Mercedes, Ferrari and even the Honda-affiliated Red Bull Powertrains, all of them work with more than just their primary team.

The only exception is Renault.

"Obviously, in the current context, we are looking for the possibility of joining with someone," de Meo admitted.

"At one time we sold engines to Red Bull and McLaren, but that is no longer the case."

However, he stopped short of saying the real plan is to make Andretti a Renault 'B team'.

"I'm not necessarily a big fan of this idea," said de Meo. "I think Formula 1 deserves ten teams that do the job from A to Z.

"It would be a bit like the Spanish league with Barcelona A, Barcelona B, Barcelona C, Real Madrid 1, Real Madrid 2. There would be no Atletico, and that is not my vision.

"I imagine that if the system is like that, it's because it suits someone."

Therefore, he backs the planned engine rule changes for 2026, which will almost certainly lead to two Volkswagen brands - Audi and Porsche - joining the F1 party.

"It's good - of course it's good," said de Meo. "It's good for the sport, it's good for the fans.

"I'm an automotive guy, so seeing the big car manufacturers believe in that can only make me happy, but only if we have an economic equation that works and reasonable budgets.

"If it becomes an explosion of costs, then we can no longer manage that and it's bad for business."


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24 F1 Fan comments on “Renault already teaming up with Andretti in F1?

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    "It's not me who manages it, it's Laurent Rossi," Renault CEO Luca de Meo, referring to Alpine's F1 boss.

    That, my friends, is the definition of plausible deniability.

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  2. Donalf

    I don't know if you have seen the latest news Ror but time to pull up your boots and have a moan, fia are checking out Hass & ferrari for improper devopments of their cars. Hass has scored 12 points this season and according to the top boys that's to many for a lower placed team "DAM" just ask, Mag was beginning to enjoy himself it's a no wonder they tend to give up.

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  3. shroppyfly

    Apparently its a new Idea from Liberty all the cars go into a Hat, and the drivers have to pick one out, very lucky dip like, but Merc have vetoed the idea , saying there car is so bad , no one will drive it, unless Toto issues an apology after the race lol

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    • Blofly

      Old news, obviously would’nt work.latest plan, all cars and engines to be identical,winner starts last in next race,driver that finishes last buys the drinks.
      Driver with second most points at end of season wins wdc.

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      • ReallyOldRacer

        Blo', can you get yourself to Miami? They need a race director for next weekend and your leadership would absolutely match the 'Miami vibe'. I'll even buy you the polyester skinny pants and beach shirt. Think about it.

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  4. Disector Blo

    Never been known to think, just make it up as I go along.the skinny pants clench the deal, i’m On my way.

    M Blo Massi

    PS is the Miami vice included or do I have to confiscate Angela?

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Ah, double posting, you are obviously excited. Re assistants, no worries, a tab of e or some snort and the applicants are endless. Just remember, skinny pants for the guys and skin shorts for the girls...nothing else works. This is Miami, Baby.

      BTW, re being a steward. "Stewards?, we don't need no stinkin' stewards."

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  5. shroppyfly

    You want serious (tho' mostly uninformed) comments, stick with the BBC site. :) Im going have to edit your post Im afraid Ror ( stick with the so blatantly Hamilton Biased BBC f1 sHite ) .... lol

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