Renault Gives up On F1 This Year
They’re not leaving the circuit, but they’ll only be going through the motions for the balance of the season. Renault will be focusing from this point forward on next year.
According to Bob Bell, technical director for the team, "[w]e will have some minor aerodynamic upgrades in Turkey, and a new aero package (at the Italian Grand Prix) in Monza adapted to the very low drag set-up we require there. We will also be working hard to extract more performance at the track from our most recent developments.”
“Back at the factory, though, the moment has come to focus our energies on 2008. We have always said that our problems this year would not compromise next year’s program, and that remains the case. "Our design and development resources are already focusing intently on 2008.
We began work on the car early, and our approach has been quite different to recent years. The project is on time, and we have been exploring some very interesting new development paths,"
Renault is currently fourth in Championship points and has not finished in the top three this season. The team has yet to confirm their drivers for the next season. Currently, their cars are driven by Giancarlo Fisichella and Keikki Kovalainen.