No Official Renault News Until the Weekend


What Happens When the Decision is Made, But Not Known

12:11pm EST — While Renault is about to decide (or perhaps has already decided) the future of its Formula1 program at an emergency board meeting in Paris, the public will have no official word regarding the decision until at least the weekend, as the company “does not want to distract attention from a publicity event on Thursday at which president Carlos Ghosn will promote the company’s efforts at introducing zero-emission vehicles,” according to the BBC.

Apparently, a board meeting was held Wednesday to determine the future of the manufacturer’s presence in F1, and while team principals Bob Bell and Jean-Francois Caubet attended, they were unable to participate in the decision-making process.  This news comes hours after Toyota announced that it would withdraw from F1 competition immediately due to the economic climate, days after tire supplier Bridgestone refused to renew its contract, a couple of months after BMW announced its withdrawal, and less than a year after Honda left the series as well.

Renault announced just last month that Polish driver Robert Kubica would replace departed world champion Fernando Alonso in the team for the 2010 season.  No word is available on the second driver, or if Renault is considering selling the team and remaining an engine supplier, though the company had announced after the Singapore race-fixing hearing that it would remain involved in Formula1.  More information will be published when available.

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