Renault Sport managing director Cyril Abiteboul said on Tuesday 1 March that the French carmaker knows what it takes to be successful as it returns to the Formula 1 starting grid as a constructor.
Renault bought back Lotus F1, which it had sold at the end of 2009 after winning championships with Spaniard Fernando Alonso in 2005 and 2006.
The team will now compete under the Renault Sport Formula One name, with Renault branding prominent, along with that of the Infiniti luxury marque, which is part of the Renault-Nissan alliance.
“We know the game, we know the players, we know what it will take to be successful, first. Secondly, the most difficult thing in Formula One is to build performance engines, and that’s what we continue to do so therefore it’s not a big difficulty. Then we need to go step-by-step. We need to build Enstone, we need to recruit people, we need to grow, but not too quickly. So what is really important is to have a long term plan and we have ambitions, but we also have the passions to build what it takes to be successful in Formula One,” Abiteboul said at the Geneva Motor Show.
The F-1 season opens on 20 March.