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Renault sought closer relationship with McLaren

Renault has revealed that it wanted a closer relationship with McLaren for the next cycle of regulations, whereas its current partner wanted to remain solely a customer. It was announced last weekend that Renault and McLaren’s partnership will not be renewed when its three-year deal concludes, and instead McLaren will return to Mercedes power from 2021. It leaves Renault with only its own works team to focus on, having previously powered Red Bull and Toro Rosso in the hybrid era. “I think McLaren is simply looking for a very simple and straightforward customer relationship,” said Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul. “Clearly the way that they presented it to us is...
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