Lotus On Verge Of Renault Engine Deal For 2011
Lotus are on the verge of signing a deal with Renault for the French manufacturer to provide the team with customer engines for the 2011 season, according to the BBC.
The team, which returned to F1 this season, is currently locked into a deal with Cosworth the popular British engine manufacturer. While Mike Gascoyne says he wants to work with Cosworth, during the weekend at Silverstone both he and team boss Tony Fernandes were spotted having talks with Renault engine technicians.
Renault currently supply their own works team, and the successful Red Bull Racing team. Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, Lotus’ two current drivers who are confirmed to be racing for the team next year are former Renault drivers.
When asked about the situation, Gascoyne refused to comment, saying: “We have a contract with Cosworth and we’re discussing with them ways to work together in the future.”