Renault Sport’s Formula One director Jean-Michel Jalinier has confirmed that the French manufacturer will supply four teams with engines next season whilst speaking at an event in France.
Currently, Renault provide Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham with engines, and this number will remain stable as Toro Rosso replace Williams in 2014, with the latter opting to take on Mercedes power units.
“We very likely will end up with four teams,” Jalinier was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“The discussions with Lotus and Caterham have progressed. It’s almost done with them, so there’s a high probability that we end up with four in 2014.”
Caterham have already confirmed that they are keen on extending their deal with Renault, whilst Lotus are thought to be considering a change in 2015 when Honda re-enter the sport with McLaren.
Additionally, Red Bull are poised to rebrand their Renault power units as ‘Infiniti’ to coincide with their agreement with the luxury division of Nissan. The team, currently running as Infiniti Red Bull Racing, would become Red Bull-Infiniti should the deal be confirmed.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.