Team Lotus and Renault Sport F1 extend their partnership by the end of 2013

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 27, 2011

Team Lotus confirmed that its engine agreement with Renault Sport F1 will be extended to the end of 2013, an additional year. This will also mark the V8 engine formula’s end as the goal of this collaboration is to continue working until the new regulations for engines come into full effect.

In addition, both Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology will be responsible for delivering to the Anglo-Malaysian squad, for the first time, the KERS systems as long as the agreement is in force.

According to Team Lotus Team Principal Tony Fernandes, this partnership has been good since day one and the company is happy that not only Renault Sport F1, but Red Bull Technology as well, will have an important part to play especially on the current development of the team. At least until 2013, he emphasizes. With this, the company hopes to continue working with its partners especially when new rules come into play, he continues.

Not only are the two companies passionate, but they have a dedicated team of people with whom the company already has a growing relationship and create different opportunities for the company in the future, Fernandes says further.

The two companies have the same vision as Team Lotus when it comes to how the team will move forward and Team Lotus is more than proud to have them helping. Fernandes continues by saying that not only will Team Lotus be able to make everything based on their experience working with the two starting 2011, they also get to experience an added advantage with the KERS as it is indeed a big step forward for them.

The team has done what it can for this year, he shares, but without that added power, they are always operating on a level different from the other teams. As such, this will give drivers those enhancements that will not only help them catch up with the cars ahead but to also be able to compete with them, Fernandes concludes.

Meanwhile Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Jean-François Caubet reveals that for this year, it has managed to build a solid foundation with Team Lotus and with this current agreement, it has managed to strengthen this relationship and is looking forward to continue this in the years to follow.

Since Renault joined F1 in order to have the opportunity to show its product’s quality, Director Caubet continues, the group needed to have a relationship with a team that has potential.

The different steps that Team Lotus has done, both on and off the racing track, he says further, with its facilities and technical structure, have convinced Renault that it can achieve its goals. Since the KERS plays a significant role in competitive performance like the F1, Renault expects that with this deal, it can continue and grow.

By having a wider experience when it comes to utilizing the KERS system, Renault will be able to assist in developing powerful energy recovery systems that can be presented for future engine regulations.

Press Release

TEAM LOTUS AND RENAULT SPORT F1 CONFIRM EXTENSION OF AGREEMENT

Team Lotus and Renault Sport F1 have confirmed that their existing engine deal is to be extended for a further year to the end of 2013 and the end of the V8 engine formula, with the aim to continue working together when the new engine regulations come into force.
Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology will also provide the Anglo-Malaysian squad with KERS systems for the first time for the duration of the agreement.

Tony Fernandes, Team Lotus Team Principal : “Having established an incredibly good working partnership since the first days of our agreement we are absolutely delighted that Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology will be playing such an integral role in the ongoing development of our team until at least 2013, and then we are aiming to keep working together when the new rules are introduced. They are both passionate, dedicated teams of people with whom we have a growing relationship that is creating a number of exciting opportunities for us for the future. They share our vision for where we want to take our team, and we are very proud to have their power pushing us forward.

“Not only will we be able to build on everything we have learnt through working with Renault and Red Bull Technology in 2011, but we will now have the added benefit of KERS for next year, which really is a major step forward for our team. We have done the very best job we can this year but without that extra power we are always competing on a different level to the teams ahead, so to give our drivers that boost is a key element of helping us catch the cars ahead, and compete with them when we do so.”

Jean-François Caubet, Managing Director of Renault Sport F1 : “This year we have established solid foundations with Team Lotus and this latest agreement consolidates the relationship that we look forward to continuing for many seasons to come. Renault is in F1 to display the quality of its product, so we need to be associated with teams that clearly have potential. The steps Team Lotus has made on and off track with its technical structure and facilities have given us a confidence they will achieve their aims. KERS is now an essential part to a competitive performance in F1 today and we hope this supply will help the team continue its evolution. Furthermore a wider experience of using the KERS system at this point in time will help in the development of the powerful energy recovery systems that will be introduced under the future engine regulations.”

Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing : “We’re very happy to extend the relationship between Red Bull Technology and Team Lotus, which already utilises our gearboxes, to include KERS for 2012 onwards. This endorses the joint venture between Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology, which will continue to develop in the coming months. Hopefully this will enable Team Lotus to build on the significant progress they have already made this season.”

Topics: lotus, renault, formula 1

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