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Renault Targetting 2011 Title

Renault boss Bob Bell has told Autsport Magazine in a special interview that the team, recently rescued from collapse are on a plan targetting a title challenge for the 2011 season.

Genii Capital, a Luxembourg based financial company bought a large share of the Renault team last month, but will continue to run the team under the French car manufactrer moniker as they promised continued technical support.

Bob Bell, the teams new principal after Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds were removed from the team following the crash-gate scandal is being optimistic as they look ahead to 2010 with talented drivers Robert Kubica and Lucas di Grassi.

“The real target for us is to build for 2011 and a championship campaign,” Bob Bell said  “But we have realistic expectations for 2010.

“We are not going to produce a car that catapults us to the front because F1 is very competitive. But our 2010 expectations are to run towards the front and challenge for the top three.”

On the deal with Genii, Bell said;

“This is nothing but positive for the team,” he said. “It has ended all of the concerns that the staff had and gives a secure base for the future.

“There is a multi-year commitment and a very sensible strategy. It’s a win-win situation for both Renault and its partners, and is a big step forward.”

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