Renault has confirmed that most of their UK-based workers have been placed on furlough due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The team is applying for the UK government’s furlough scheme, and plans to top up the money so that all staff at its Enstone factory receive at least 80% of their wages.
Currently the opening nine rounds of the 2020 Formula 1 season have been shelved, while the usual three-week shutdown that was brought forward from August has been extended from three weeks to five weeks.
A Renault statement read: “As of April 1st, the vast majority of Enstone staff will effectively have a total shutdown (furlough) until May 31. This will be reviewed dependent on the development of the situation.
“It was also agreed to top-up the amount allocated by the government to guarantee a minimum of 80% of the actual salary for all team members. Salaries of active staff, including management, will be reduced in the same proportions.”
Renault Sport Racing managing director Cyril Abiteboul said: “The very difficult human and sanitary circumstances that we are experiencing and the strict lockdown in France and England, as well as in most of the Grand Prix-organising countries, do not yet allow us to measure the impact on our sport.
“We therefore must use all the measures at our disposal to get through this prolonged period of uncertainty and inactivity as best as we can, while protecting the whole team we have built over the past four years.”
McLaren, Williams and Racing Point have also moved to furlough staff, while drivers have taken pay cuts.