Renault don’t want to ‘start from scratch’ in 2021


Renault are keen to ensure that the new 2021 engine regulations have some continuity with the current rules as they want to “avoid almost starting from scratch again.”

While Renault were on the back foot at the start of the current V6 era, losing massive ground to Mercedes, they have caught up in recent years.

So much so that last season engine customer Red Bull Racing claimed three grands prix wins.

As such Renault are keen that when the new engines rules come into effect in 2021, they don’t have to throw away all the time and money they have invested in the current power unit.

“We would like to avoid almost starting from scratch again,” Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul told Autosport.

“If I look at the investment that has been made in the engine, if I look at the time that it is taking to get to a situation where it is not a level playing field, but that the engine is not a handicap anymore for chassis people.

“That is what you want: a disparity where a team is not prevented from winning races or doing a decent job by its engine partner – frankly starting from scratch again is quite frightening.”

Despite the initially balking at Liberty Media’s proposal, most notably from Ferrari, Abiteboul believes the teams are up for “constructive” negotiations.

“I feel everyone is willing to have constructive dialogue and get very quickly to a solution,” he said.

“Having said that, we are not going to commit to a new engine without knowing what F1 will look like in 2021.”