Renault team principal Eric Boullier has verified recent speculation by confirming that he has held talks with the Proton-owned car-maker Group Lotus.
We reported speculation which suggested that Group Lotus – in the wake of terminating its licensing deal with the Tony Fernandes-owned team known as ‘Lotus Racing’ – was keen to invest in the Renault F1 team.
But the rumour could actually be that Group Lotus is merely interested in a sponsorship deal instead.
However, separate rumours emerged indicating that Renault was once again keen to scale back its F1 involvement to that of an engine supplier to its own team as well as Red Bull Racing and Lotus Racing.
But in an interview with Brazil’s Auto Hebdo, Boullier confirmed the talks that could see the two brands reunite for the first time since the mid-1980s, when the former Colin Chapman-run squad engaged Renault for a supply of turbo engines.
“Today, there are discussions, but we also have these with other sponsors and other companies,” he said.
“At the moment there are a lot of distorted rumours, but it is true there have been discussions about a possible collaboration,” he added tellingly.
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