The fear in the paddock of Formula 1: Renault could get out of Formula 1 end of this year.
This scenario has already been discussed among the protagonists of FIA and marketer Liberty Media in the paddock of Austin .
Background: The new Renault boss Clotilde Delbos (52), who heads the French group for a few weeks and is personally promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron (the French state owns 15 percent of the Renault Group) is known as the woman of numbers and savings - and is considered in the paddock as an opponent of the Formula 1 engagement.
Just recently, she admitted that Renault's Formula One team was under scrutiny. The fears in the paddock of Austin: The Frabzosen do not wait until the beginning of the new Concorde Agreement, but are faster away.
An exit would also mean that the two contracted for 2020 Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon would be without a job. A return to Red Bull is not possible for the Australian Ricciardo.
"Our drivers are fixed, there is no room," said Red Bull chief consultant Helmut Marko on request from F1-Insider.com. Even a possible increase to three cars per team was in the case of no issue. Marko: "That was not discussed. Also, who should pay for it? One can assume, however, that the team will be taken over immediately by someone else. "
One of the candidates could be the Russian chemical billionaire Dmitry Mazepin (51). It is no secret that Mazepin is looking for a Formula One racing team for his son Nikita (20), who is currently racing in Formula 2.