No guarantee of Renault seat for Tung

Ho Pin Tung

Dec.18 (GMM) A member of Ho-Pin Tung’s management team has confirmed reports the Dutch-born Chinese is not guaranteed a race seat at Renault in 2010.

27-year-old Tung tested the R29 recently at Jerez because he is managed by the Gravity Sports company. Closely involved with Gravity is Gerard Lopez, the new majority owner of the Enstone based formula one team.

Tung’s manager Bert Winkler has admitted the possibility of a role at Renault for the Superleague and A1 driver.

But Eric Bouiller, a director of Gravity, told the Dutch portal formule1.nl that Tung’s link with Lopez is no guarantee of a seat next season.

“Of course we are working hard to get Ho-Pin into formula one,” he said, “but it is not automatic.

“It also has to be considered if he is ready, so that what happened with Romain Grosjean does not occur (to Tung),” Bouiller added.