Formula 1 constructor company Renault has confirmed that, potential talks have taken place about the motor vehicle engine with McLaren and if things go well then McLaren will be the new engine customer of Renault from next year.
McLaren are currently in dilemma that should they remain committed to the constructors company Honda or should they take engines from Renault from the start of the next year instead of Honda. Whatever, Renault is the only option for McLaren to switch their loyalty if they want to change their position.
It was pretty clear from some times that Renault are very much keen to expand to a fourth supplier for next season while they are currently committed to their own works team, Toro Rosso and Red Bull racing team already. And now they target another provider which might be McLaren.
Whatever, there is another chance that Toro Rosso who are currently working as the engine provider of Renault may switch to Honda in the upcoming season if their talks go forward, but looks like that is not possible this year.
Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul admitted at the Belgian Grand Prix that, there had been some discussions regarding the changes but till now no confirmations have been given by any side yet.
Abiteboul further added that, the current situation is that they have a multi-year contract with Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso.
So it is obvious that they are open to discussions and he confirms that discussions have taken place. apparently, he confirms that there have been some discussions with McLaren and but currently there are some restrictions and regulations about engine supplying and they are already attached with three teams and can’ just pick another team to supply engines, by going beyond the rules and laws.
He further said that, it will be very hard and tough to maintain the quality and level of the products they will supply to the other teams and it is safe to say that if they want to provide engines to more than three teams, the quality will more likely become degraded. He says that they have been in discussions and to be clear they have three contracts in place currently. He says that they value the relationship with Red Bull Racing because the relationship between them is long lasting relationship and also old and they want to carry that on until the end of 2020. But he also did not deny the possibility of any other team coming to the attachment with them.
Whatever, he says that, right now he understands that things are very quiet right now and they are not really pushing anything to happen.
Whatever, it has been reported that McLaren has been in a dilemma about their engine choice. As Honda are their current engine choice and Honda are doing pretty well and got good gains with help of consultants Ilmor and they might want to stick with them and if that happens then there will be a possibility of McLaren joining Renault after the end of the season.