If you’ve been following the much quieter narrative from paddock insiders regarding some of the issues at Renault, then you may recall there being talk of internal strife within the leadership of the team. Some suggested that may have been the reason Sergio Perez turned the ride, now taken by his teammate Nico Hulkenberg, down.
With Cyril Abiteboul, Jerome Stoll, and Fred Vasseur (not to mention Alan Permane) all at the helm and with differing levels of experience, you could see where the allegation might come from. However, Renault have pressed back against the bad press:
“I’m not sure we have more chiefs than Mercedes, with Toto [Wolff] and Niki [Lauda], or Red Bull, with Christian [Horner] and Helmut [Marko],” Vasseur explained.
“If you put Mateschitz on top it is quite similar [between Red Bull and Renault].
“We have an organisation with [Renault Sport Racing president] Jerome [Stoll], Cyril and I.
“We have two sides [engine and chassis], and you have also to consider we are rebuilding and growing up a lot, we have a lot of things to do.
“I think three [leaders] is not too many. The organisation is quite clear in my mind, and in Cyril’s mind, this is the most important thing.
“I am in charge of the track operation and the performance, Cyril is in charge of the company.
“We have completely different experience. I am coming from racing and Cyril from managing the company. I think it’s complementary.
“It’s clear for me from the beginning. There is no big deal on this point.
“Perhaps from outside it is not the case, but from inside it’s working well.”
As the article at AUTOSPORT points out, Perez was said to have been soured over this issues but Renault says his issue was something else. I’m inclined to believe that if I’m honest.
Too many cooks in the kitchen? Or just rumors as paddock folks hear stories of typical growing pains regarding Renault’s re-entry to F1?
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT