Renault denies sale of Alpine

Renault denies sale of Alpine

While the Alpine team is having a near-disastrous start to the season, rumors of a sale crossed the paddock before being firmly denied by the Renault group.

The Alpine stable is at the foot of the wall. With a deeply overhauled 2024 single-seater but sorely lacking in performance, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly were unable to score a single point during the first four Grands Prix. The Enstone-based team’s best result remains a 13th place in both Jeddah and Melbourne. Last weekend at Suzuka, the two cars did not exist, with Esteban Ocon admitting to the press that his team took “a step backwards” for the first time this season, and he is not not sure that the Chinese stage offers a rebound.

A decline in the hierarchy at the start of the 2024 season which was enough to fuel the rumor machine. Indeed, according to the British magazine Autosport, the Renault group would not close the door to a sale of the team of which it became owner again in 2016 after having sold it to businessman Gérard Lopez six years previously. However, a condition would be imposed on any potential buyer.

Renault says “the team is absolutely not for sale”

Renault would require a commitment to use the engine it is developing to meet the new technical regulations coming into force in 2026 over several years, at least until 2029. This would make it possible to sustain the activity of engineers and technicians working on the site of Viry-Châtillon, where the Alpine engine department has been based for many years. Rumors in the corridors which did not fail to provoke a reaction from the Renault group, which ruled out any desire to separate from the Alpine team.

“The rumors and articles concerning the sale of the team are false,” says the French automobile group in a statement. The team is absolutely not for sale. » Which should reassure Bruno Famin and his teams, whose mission is to rectify the situation as quickly as possible while the two Alpine drivers reach the end of their contracts at the end of the 2024 season in a transfer market which promises to be very lively in the weeks and months to come.

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