Renault denies Tavares departure will affect F1 project

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10:  (L-R) Jean Francois Caubet of Renault, Christian Horner of Red Bull Racing, Carlos Tavares of Renault, Adrian Newey of Renault, Bernard Rey of Renault and Rob White of Renault are seen in the paddock as Red Bull Racing and Renault agree a renewal of their engine contract following qualifying for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 10, 2011 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jean Francois Caubet; Christian Horner; Carlos Tavares; Adrian Newey

Carlos Tavares (third from right) with Red Bull and Renault senior staff

Renault has denied that the departure of their chief operating officer Carlos Tavares will affect their Formula 1 engine programme.

Media reports last week suggested the exit of motor racing enthusiast Tavares would “almost certainly have some impact” on the approach taken in F1 by Renault, who supply engines to multiple teams.

However, when asked what the impact will be on F1, Renault Sport chief Jean-Michel Jalinier insisted: “Nothing changes.

“We have multi-year programmes and, personally, I answer directly to Carlos Ghosn.

“Our commitment remains unchanged, because the new F1 engines are more consistent with our interests,” he told the Quattroruote publication at Monza. (GMM)

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