Renault deny leadership issues

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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

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jiji the cat
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jiji the cat

Pfffft. Renault have a put together a great team to be challenging again in the future.

Boycottthebull
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Its not that they have too many chiefs its just that one of them is Cyril Abiteboul. Always totally out of his depth and slows any progression for the team.

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It sounds a lot like Ancient Rome’s experiment with a “triumvirate”. We know how that worked out. :P

Tom Firth
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Back in the glory days of Renault as a manufacturer in F1, had three main leaders within the Renault F1 team organisation, Flav was dominant sure, but you had Patrick Faure who was very influential in Renault as a company and then was also Pat Symonds on the technical side of things. That’s not that big of a difference to now, and they went on to win two world titles. Lets not forgot also last time Renault came into this… they didn’t even rename the team ‘Renault’ for two seasons, it took another two after that to be in a… Read more »

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Even look at Ferrari – Montezemolo, Jean Todt, Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne… All doing different roles, all highly influential in managing Ferrari’s 00-04 domination.