Renault is set to lodge a request with the FIA to expand its engine supply deal to four teams for the 2012 season, which has sparked rumours once again that the French engine supplier could reunite with the Williams team.
Already a supplier with the Renault F1 team, as well as Team Lotus and Red Bull Racing, the engine builder is reportedly keen to add a fourth team to its roster for next season. The current regulations allow for an engine supplier to link with three teams at the most, although dispensation from the FIA can be given to increase this limit.
“We want to have four teams but we need to have the approval from the FIA, because the limit is only three,” Renault Sport’s MD Jean-Francois Caubet told AUTOSPORT.
However, Caubet would only say that Renault’s discussions with other teams looking for customer engines were not just occurring with the Williams team.
While Williams’ contract with current engine supplier Cosworth runs out at the end of 2012, the new-for-2013 engine rules are pushing Williams towards cementing a deal with an engine builder it believes can deliver it the best results under the new turbocharged regulations.
Williams enjoyed a long-time works relationship with Renault between 1989 and 1997, winning 63 Grands Prix, four Drivers’ Championship and five Constructors’ Championship titles.
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]