Renault 'the main beneficiary' of F1's 2021 overhaul

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Esteban Ocon at Abu dhabi testing 2019

Renault Formula 1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul believes the 2021 regulations and new Concorde Agreement will boost F1's chances of keeping the French manufacturer involved amid the ongoing review.

Following some turbulence at the top of the company – triggered by the sudden ousting of former boss Carlos Ghosn – Renault's interim management announced last year that it was reviewing all its activities, including F1.

That review has been impacted by the confirmation of the 2021 regulations in October, and the subsequent delivery to teams of a draft Concorde Agreement.

Abiteboul is confident that the revised commercial arrangements and the cost cap that in theory should help Renault to rein in the top three teams will help to create a positive decision.

"I think we are the main beneficiary of the 2021 deal and set of regulations," he told Motorsport.com. "I can't say that they've been engineered for us, but for sure it goes in our direction.

"From my perspective everything that we've built we've done it with 2021 in mind, and everyone is aware of that, including at Renault corporate. The figures speak for themselves. Having said that, until a decision is made the decision is not made."

Abiteboul says there is no rush to make a decision, and like other team owners Renault is taking its time to study the full implications of the Concorde.

"I think it's a parallel stream. On one side there is what the team is committed to do, with the FIA, with FOM. There is lots of discussion going on about the documentation itself. We've seen hundreds of pages of contract, and it takes a while.

"There's also the stream having to keep on moving and improving and progressing in terms of our own performance in parallel.

"Renault is indeed making its own strategy and plans. We still have a management in interim, so we are indeed in contact on a regular basis with that management. The two will happen in parallel, and I hope will develop in a nice way. In my opinion it's more for Q1/Q2."

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