Rumours are doing the rounds that Renault could expand its engine supply arrangement beyond just its factory team and Red Bull Racing to a customer arrangement with both Williams and Lotus.
Despite being regarded as slightly down-on-power relative to some of the other engines on the grid, the Renault-powered Red Bulls head the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship standings.
Autosprint is reporting that the marque could land up securing a customer supply deal with both Williams and Lotus, two teams with which is enjoyed a highly profitable and successful relationship in the 1980s and 1990s.
Indeed, of the two, Williams has enjoyed the more successful relationship, picking up many wins on its way to four Drivers’ Championship and five Constructors’ Championship titles in an association spanning 10 years.
Renault’s head of engine operations, Remi Taffin told the newspaper that Renault is certainly in a position to supply more teams, despite scaling back its involvement in its works team at the end of 2009.
"We don’t know which teams we will be supplying next year," Taffin said. "We certainly have got the capacity to supply more than the two teams we have been doing this year, it’s not a big problem for us. Obviously we have to produce a few more engines and get some more people to do the job. As far as getting an engine ready and supplying two teams, it’s then not a big problem to do so for three or four teams with an extra effort."
[Original images via The Cahier Archive]