Renault says it is open to the idea of taking over an existing team on the grid, though no firm decisions have been made over its future in Formula One.
Renault currently supplies Red Bull and Toro Rosso with engines, with Caterham dropping off the grid last year, and is trying to cut the big gap to Mercedes from 2014. Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul says the French manufacturer wants to keep a strong presence in motorsport.
"We are happy to be a power unit supplier," Abiteboul told RMC. "Our priority is to help Red Bull become world champions again. They're the only team that can reclaim the title in the near future. Renault is going to become more and more aggressive in the field of sports cars. This is a segment where we are quite active and recognised, but maybe not significant enough just yet. By developing and strengthening our position in the world on this market we'll make our involvement in motor racing and Formula One more pertinent."
Abiteboul stressed nothing has been decided but said the long-term vision of Renault in motorsport could see an existing F1 team become a Renault factory outfit.
"Taking over an existing team is not out of the question, but absolutely nothing has been decided either. It must fit within a broader, very long-term plan that has to be paired with a global industrial strategy. F1 is not the only medium on Earth through which our cars can be more relevant. We must think about a global sport strategy that suits Renault best. We'll keep an eye on everything, including the evolution of the sport and its funding."
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Posted 16th March
Red Bull could contemplate walking away from Formula One if the sport does not reassess the current engine regulations.
Following a dominant display from Mercedes at the opening round of the season in Australia, Red Bull called on the FIA to use the regulations to equalise the field and rein in the advantage of the world champions. Speaking to Austrian media after the race, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko upped the ante by suggesting the company - which owns both Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso - could sever its ties with the sport if changes are not made.
"We will evaluate the situation again [in the summer] as every year and look into costs and revenues," Marko was quoted by Autosport. "If we are totally dissatisfied we could contemplate an F1 exit. Yes, the danger is there that Mr Mateschitz loses his passion for F1."
Red Bull is contracted to stay in the sport until 2020 under its commercial agreement with F1, making a sudden exit unlikely or extremely costly. But Marko argues that the current regulations, which brought an end to Red Bull's run of four consecutive championships last year, are killing the sport.
"These power units are the wrong solution for F1, and we would say this even if [Red Bull supplier] Renault were in the lead," he added. The technical rules are not understandable, much too complicated, and too expensive.
"We are governed by an engineers' formula. We wanted cost reduction too, but it is not happening like this. A designer like Adrian Newey [who is stepping back from F1] is castrated by this engine formula. These rules will kill the sport."
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Maybe Red Bull could change engine suppliers if Renault don't get their engine working properly or they could just sell out to Renault.