Renault have revealed their frustration at the lack of recognition they have received despite playing a role in Red Bull’s recent success as engine suppliers.
Chief operating officer Carlos Taveres spoke about his reservations in an interview with Autocar at the Geneva motorshow.
“We are frustrated by the lack of recognition we get for beating the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes. We are world champions. We are able to sell our engines to the teams because of that, but we do not get enough recognition beyond that.”
Despite withdrawing their works team from Formula One at the end of 2010, Renault have continued to supply engines to Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham, and they have met considerable success in the last three seasons with the Milton Keynes-based team. Tavares spoke of Renault’s good working relationship with the teams.
“Frank Williams himself is highly respected within Renault. Lotus we have historic ties with, through the Enstone operation, while Caterham is our joint venture partner on the Alpine sports car project.
“All three of these teams have a specific link back to Renault, and that counts. Perhaps one day we can reach the same point with Red Bull.”
With 2013 marking the end of the V8 era, the next few years will be an important few seasons for Renault. They will be keen on strengthening these partnerships for the introduction of V6 engines next season, but if Lotus or Williams could establish themselves as Red Bull’s nearest challengers this season, it could herald the recognition of Renault as the leading engine supplier in Formula One.