Renault rebranded its works F1 group underneath the Alpine model for 2021 as a part of the ‘Renaulution’ throughout the firm that was instigated by new CEO Luca de Meo following his takeover final summer time.
However Renault isn’t presently supplying another F1 groups with energy items after its buyer McLaren contract ended final yr, with the British group switching to Mercedes for 2021.
By comparability, its three energy unit rivals all have a minimum of two buyer groups to work with. Mercedes has McLaren, Aston Martin and Williams; Ferrari works with Haas and Alfa Romeo; and Honda powers Crimson Bull and AlphaTauri.
Renault bosses have beforehand mentioned that they’re relaxed in regards to the state of affairs, and though they’d be open to a companion group mannequin sooner or later, it must be the precise deal.
Talking in a current roundtable media name, Renault CEO de Meo acknowledged the advantages provided by companion groups, however questioned how useful the mannequin was financially for the facility unit provider.
“In fact theoretically, it’s higher when you may have your engine utilized by others, as a result of you may possibly alternate knowledge, share a few of the issues,” de Meo informed choose shops together with Motorsport.com.
“However the present circumstances – and this I say it very clearly – particularly economical circumstances, of switch of know-how between one group and one other, those which are outlined by the federation – are literally not very beneficial.
“So the worth that different groups pay to entry the know-how of individuals like us that make the preliminary funding, it’s not a superb enterprise case, if you would like my opinion.
“I mentioned that already a whole lot of instances. I don’t need to enter into numbers, however I can let you know that this isn’t a superb deal.
“It’s solely made in order that smaller groups that don’t have the flexibility to supply an engine, and that is the massive majority, can get into the sport. However for us economically, it doesn’t change so much.”
Williams has been one group linked with Renault to type a possible B-team partnership sooner or later, however has made clear it needs to take care of its independence within the long-term.
Regardless of dealing with a diminished knowledge set by solely supplying energy items to itself, Alpine boss Laurent Rossi mentioned there have been additionally considerably diminished dangers concerned ought to issues go fallacious.
“Offering an influence unit to others is, as Luca mentioned, generally is a profit, as a result of you may derive some further knowledge factors to additional solidify the reliability and efficiency of your energy unit,” Rossi mentioned.
“That mentioned, the way in which it has been constructed up till lately makes it dangerously costly, in reality, as quickly as you enter troubles when it comes to dealing and managing the efficiency of the opposite energy items.
“When you’ve got reliability points on the monitor, then all of a sudden you may have like a disaster, and it is advisable to delegate part of your group there.
“You need to have the construction for that, which isn’t what we determined, as a result of it’s one other group that sits round, do nothing, and prepare to do it to assist the opposite group.
“So we’d quite have all of our group centered on designing our chassis and engine, after which we’ll determine it out if we have now house, time, vitality, for others.
“However in the meanwhile, we’re fairly pleased doing it this method to be trustworthy.”