Autosport-Alonso klaar om Renault te helpen tijdens raceweekends dit jaar – Reuters UK

Autosport-Alonso klaar om Renault te helpen tijdens raceweekends dit jaar – Reuters UK

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LONDON (Reuters) – Twice world champion Fernando Alonso said on Thursday he hoped to attend some races this year to help Renault with “anything they may need” before his Formula One comeback in 2021.

FILE PHOTO: Rallying – Dakar Rally Preview – King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – January 3, 2020 Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Fernando Alonso during a press conference REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo

The 39-year-old Spaniard, who last raced in F1 with McLaren in 2018, is returning for a third stint with the French manufacturer team.

“It’s going to be a couple of simulator days here at the factory, preparing next year and also helping somehow the weekends this year,” he said of his plans in a video interview issued by Renault.

“I guess I will come to a couple of races, just to follow the team on the track side and to understand the philosophy working on the weekend.

“(The season-ender in) Abu Dhabi will be probably a must, and hopefully I can come to Imola which is close to my home in Switzerland,” he added. “I will be available for the team for anything they need.”

Alonso visited the team’s factory at Enstone in central England for a seat fitting and also travelled to Viry-Chatillon in France to meet Renault technicians.

The Spaniard won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 and also raced for them in 2008 and 2009 after a difficult season at McLaren.

“A lot of things have changed; the simulator is new, the wind tunnel is updated, a few things are the same: some of the offices, the gym that I used to visit a lot,” he said of Enstone.

“It’s like a first day at school with a lot of hopes, a lot of new things to learn but very productive.”

“I think the team is in good shape for the future. The last three races were encouraging for everyone, for myself as well,” he added.

Renault are fifth in the constructors’ championship.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge

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Alonso staat klaar om Renault te helpen tijdens raceweekends dit jaar – Reuters

Alonso staat klaar om Renault te helpen tijdens raceweekends dit jaar – Reuters

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LONDON (Reuters) – Twice world champion Fernando Alonso said on Thursday he hoped to attend some races this year to help Renault with “anything they may need” before his Formula One comeback in 2021.

FILE PHOTO: Aug 15, 2020; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series driver Fernando Alonso during qualifying for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 39-year-old Spaniard, who last raced in F1 with McLaren in 2018, is returning for a third stint with the French manufacturer team.

“It’s going to be a couple of simulator days here at the factory, preparing next year and also helping somehow the weekends this year,” he said of his plans in a video interview issued by Renault.

“I guess I will come to a couple of races, just to follow the team on the track side and to understand the philosophy working on the weekend.

“(The season-ender in) Abu Dhabi will be probably a must, and hopefully I can come to Imola which is close to my home in Switzerland,” he added. “I will be available for the team for anything they need.”

Alonso visited the team’s factory at Enstone in central England for a seat fitting and also travelled to Viry-Chatillon in France to meet Renault technicians.

The Spaniard won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 and also raced for them in 2008 and 2009 after a difficult season at McLaren.

“A lot of things have changed; the simulator is new, the wind tunnel is updated, a few things are the same: some of the offices, the gym that I used to visit a lot,” he said of Enstone.

“It’s like a first day at school with a lot of hopes, a lot of new things to learn but very productive.”

“I think the team is in good shape for the future. The last three races were encouraging for everyone, for myself as well,” he added.

Renault are fifth in the constructors’ championship.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge

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Het probleem van Libanon is een gebrek aan vertrouwen, geen activa, zegt Carlos Ghosn – Reuters

Het probleem van Libanon is een gebrek aan vertrouwen, geen activa, zegt Carlos Ghosn – Reuters

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Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan and Renault chief executive, looks on during a news conference at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, in Jounieh, Lebanon September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s economic challenge is restoring confidence not a lack of financial assets, Carlos Ghosn, the former head of Renault and Nissan, told a news conference in Beirut to launch a management training programme at a Lebanese university.

“On paper, the assets are here,” he said, saying the challenge facing the nation which is facing an economic crisis that has paralysed its banking industry was “the restoration of confidence.”

Reporting by Samia Nakhoul; Editing by Edmund Blair

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Renault wordt vanaf seizoen 2021 omgedoopt tot Alpine F1 – Reuters Africa

Renault wordt vanaf seizoen 2021 omgedoopt tot Alpine F1 – Reuters Africa

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Bottas snelste in laatste Italiaanse GP-training – Reuters

Bottas snelste in laatste Italiaanse GP-training – Reuters

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MONZA, Italy (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes on top of the timesheets in final practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday, with Renault-powered rivals suddenly showing a turn of speed ahead of qualifying.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 5, 2020. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during practice. Mark Thompson/Pool via REUTERS

McLaren’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz and British youngster Lando Norris were second and third respectively with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo fourth.

The Australian brought out red flags when he pulled over and parked up by the side of the track with a suspected fuel pump failure.

The team expected the car to be ready for qualifying, the first since governing body FIA ordered a change to cars’ engine modes.

Bottas’s lap of one minute 20.089 seconds was the quickest of the weekend so far with the Finn, now 50 points adrift of team mate Lewis Hamilton after seven races, 0.229 quicker than Sainz.

The session ended alarmingly, and messily, with championship leader Hamilton swerving dramatically at speed onto the grass to avoid cars that had slowed at Parabolica.

The Briton had warned on Friday that qualifying could see a repeat of last year’s farcical scenes where drivers jostled for position to try and gain an advantage by slipstreaming others at the fastest track on the calendar.

Hamilton, chasing a 90th career victory this weekend with Michael Schumacher’s record 91 within touching distance, ended the session fifth fastest after setting the pace on Friday with his closest championship rival Max Verstappen sixth for Red Bull.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, last year’s winner from pole at the team’s home track, was only 11th fastest while team mate Sebastian Vettel was 15th as the sport’s most glamorous team continued to struggle.

Mercedes have started every race from pole so far and won six of them.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Hugh Lawson

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Bottas snelste in laatste Italiaanse GP-training – Reuters UK

Bottas snelste in laatste Italiaanse GP-training – Reuters UK

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MONZA, Italy (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes on top of the timesheets in final practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday, with Renault-powered rivals suddenly showing a turn of speed ahead of qualifying.

McLaren’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz and British youngster Lando Norris were second and third respectively with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo fourth.

The Australian brought out red flags when he pulled over and parked up by the side of the track with a suspected fuel pump failure.

The team expected the car to be ready for qualifying, the first since governing body FIA ordered a change to cars’ engine modes.

Bottas’s lap of one minute 20.089 seconds was the quickest of the weekend so far with the Finn, now 50 points adrift of team mate Lewis Hamilton after seven races, 0.229 quicker than Sainz.

The session ended alarmingly, and messily, with championship leader Hamilton swerving dramatically at speed onto the grass to avoid cars that had slowed at Parabolica.

The Briton had warned on Friday that qualifying could see a repeat of last year’s farcical scenes where drivers jostled for position to try and gain an advantage by slipstreaming others at the fastest track on the calendar.

Hamilton, chasing a 90th career victory this weekend with Michael Schumacher’s record 91 within touching distance, ended the session fifth fastest after setting the pace on Friday with his closest championship rival Max Verstappen sixth for Red Bull.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, last year’s winner from pole at the team’s home track, was only 11th fastest while team mate Sebastian Vettel was 15th as the sport’s most glamorous team continued to struggle.

Mercedes have started every race from pole so far and won six of them.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Hugh Lawson

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Abiteboul zegt dat de nieuwe Alpine-taak zijn F1-rol niet zal veranderen – Reuters India

Abiteboul zegt dat de nieuwe Alpine-taak zijn F1-rol niet zal veranderen – Reuters India

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MONZA, Italy (Reuters) – Cyril Abiteboul said his role as Renault Formula One team principal would remain unchanged despite taking on a new task with the French manufacturer’s Alpine sportscar brand.

Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – March 12, 2020 Renault Team Chief Cyril Abiteboul arriving to the circuit REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Loss-making Renault, under new chief executive Luca de Meo, have announced a new organisational structure focused on core brands rather than geographical regions, with Abiteboul overseeing one of the four divisions.

“Right now what I have been asked to do is a mission, with a set of proposals, in order to structure a brand,” Abiteboul told reporters in a video conference at the Italian Grand Prix on Friday.

“I’ve not been asked to run the brand. So it is not in any way a permanent appointment whatsoever. That’s what I will be focusing some of the spare time that I have, given what I am doing for Formula One.

“There is no question of a change of team leadership for the time that I do this mission.”

Abiteboul would not be drawn on whether the team might be renamed eventually to incorporate the high-end Alpine brand as part of a marketing strategy.

“These are corporate strategy questions for the CEO,” he said.

“My two cents is that with the new Concorde (commercial) Agreement we have finally the possibility to have a stable platform in Formula One, a great marketing platform.

“Again, the way we want to make use of that platform will be up to the CEO. We have a flexible platform, we have different brands, probably rationalisation will be one of the things we will need to do given the group financial results.”

All the Formula One teams have signed the new Concorde Agreement with rights holders Liberty Media and the governing FIA committing them to the next five years and new rules designed to make a more level playing field.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, Editing by Hugh Lawson

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Renault wordt Alpine genoemd vanaf het F1-seizoen 2021 – Reuters

Renault wordt Alpine genoemd vanaf het F1-seizoen 2021 – Reuters

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FILE PHOTO: SEAT President and CEO Luca de Meo attends the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

(Reuters) – Renault will rename its team Alpine from the 2021 season, the Formula One team said in a statementhereahead of the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The team will take on the new name and also have a new color scheme with the French national colors of red, white and blue replacing yellow and black.

“Alpine is a beautiful brand, powerful and vibrant, that brings a smile to the faces of its followers,” new chief executive Luca de Meo said in a statement.

“By introducing Alpine, a symbol of French excellence, to the most prestigious of the world’s automotive disciplines, we are continuing the adventure of manufacturers in a renewed sport.

“We are bringing a dream brand alongside the biggest names, for spectacular car races made and followed by enthusiasts. Alpine will also bring its values to the F1 paddock: elegance, ingenuity, and audacity.”

Loss-making Renault, under De Meo, had announced a new organisational structure focused on core brands rather than geographical regions, with Renault F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul overseeing one of the four divisions.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Jason Neely

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Renault ontwikkelt en bouwt de volgende generatie Nissan Micra: rapport – Reuters

Renault ontwikkelt en bouwt de volgende generatie Nissan Micra: rapport – Reuters

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of Renault carmaker is pictured at a dealership in Paris, France, June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – French carmaker Renault will develop and assemble the next generation of partner Nissan’s Micra models, a senior executive at the Japanese firm said, as the two companies try to reboot their alliance with tighter cooperation in production.

Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer, said in an interview with France’s Le Monde newspaper published on Monday that the Micra plan was an example of their “leader-follower” strategy, with one firm taking the lead on certain car types.

Nissan Micra models are already assembled at Renault’s Flins factory in France, although that site is set to be turned over to recycling activities around 2024, when the life cycle of the car ranges made there expires.

“For the next generation of Micra, we will follow Renault, and we will ask Renault to develop and make the future Micra for us,” Gupta said.

Both struggling financially, Renault and Nissan have cleared the decks of old managers and outlined joint cost-saving plans as they try to move on from a scandal surrounding former alliance boss Carlos Ghosn.

Ghosn, who fled detention in Japan and is now in Lebanon, denies financial misconduct charges against him.

Reporting by Gilles Guillaume; writing by Sarah White; editing by Jason Neely

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Autosport: Abiteboul zegt dat de nieuwe Alpine-taak zijn F1-rol niet zal veranderen – Reuters UK

Autosport: Abiteboul zegt dat de nieuwe Alpine-taak zijn F1-rol niet zal veranderen – Reuters UK

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MONZA, Italy (Reuters) – Cyril Abiteboul said his role as Renault Formula One team principal would remain unchanged despite taking on a new task with the French manufacturer’s Alpine sportscar brand.

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – March 12, 2020 Renault Team Chief Cyril Abiteboul arriving to the circuit REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Loss-making Renault, under new chief executive Luca de Meo, have announced a new organisational structure focused on core brands rather than geographical regions, with Abiteboul overseeing one of the four divisions.

“Right now what I have been asked to do is a mission, with a set of proposals, in order to structure a brand,” Abiteboul told reporters in a video conference at the Italian Grand Prix on Friday.

“I’ve not been asked to run the brand. So it is not in any way a permanent appointment whatsoever. That’s what I will be focusing some of the spare time that I have, given what I am doing for Formula One.

“There is no question of a change of team leadership for the time that I do this mission.”

Abiteboul would not be drawn on whether the team might be renamed eventually to incorporate the high-end Alpine brand as part of a marketing strategy.

“These are corporate strategy questions for the CEO,” he said.

“My two cents is that with the new Concorde (commercial) Agreement we have finally the possibility to have a stable platform in Formula One, a great marketing platform.

“Again, the way we want to make use of that platform will be up to the CEO. We have a flexible platform, we have different brands, probably rationalisation will be one of the things we will need to do given the group financial results.”

All the Formula One teams have signed the new Concorde Agreement with rights holders Liberty Media and the governing FIA committing them to the next five years and new rules designed to make a more level playing field.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, Editing by Hugh Lawson

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