Lopez: F1 costs much more than we thought

Eric Boullier (FRA) Renault F1 Team Principal talks with Gerard Lopez (FRA). Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 14 March 2010.

Gerard Lopez Renault team boss with Eric Boullier

Sep.6 (GMM) Formula one costs more than expected, according to Renault’s new majority team owner Gerard Lopez. He heads the Luxembourg based investment firm Genii Capital, who amid the crashgate scandal and car sales crisis last year bought most of the Enstone based team from carmaker Renault SA.

(L to R): Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault; Ho-Ping Tung (CHN) Renault Third Driver; Eric Boullier (FRA) Renault F1 Team Principal; Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL) Renault Reserve Driver and Robert Kubica (POL) Renault. Renault R30 Launch, Valencia, Spain, Sunday 31 January 2010.

Renault F1 Team launch at Valencia in January

But while the team has performed better than expected with its new structure in 2010, it emerged recently that Renault F1 had applied to Bernie Ecclestone for an advance of its commercial revenue due to cash flow issues.

“From a commercial point of view, things are going well,” Lopez is quoted as saying in the Italian language Autosprint. “We are in line with our plans. But it (F1) costs more than we expected. Formula one costs much more than we thought,” he added.

“We knew that our car was not born with as much speed as we wanted, and we had to inject resources to make it competitive,” Lopez is quoted by auto.it. “And then there’s the development aspect, which is higher than expected, meaning additional costs. But regarding 2011, we are still looking forward with much enthusiasm.”