Renault are the only manufacturer on the F1 grid that doesn't have a customer team to supply engines to. Their CEO Laurent Rossi discusses the pros and cons of the situation.
With McLaren making the switch to Mercedes power for 2021, Renault (now Alpine) are the only engine maker who can't rely on a second team for data. However, the situation does bring a set of positives as discussed by their CEO.
"The pros are that we can dedicate all our efforts on designing an engine and fitting it into our own car, which is a big pro because you're not, you're not distracted by other activities," said Rossi to RacingNews365.com among others.
The cons, however, revolve around not being able to develop their engine as efficiently as their rivals who can count of their partners to provide them with information.
"The cons could be the fact that you might lose a little bit of the codevelopment that you could get by having running two or several teams in parallel." Rossi said.
Rossi though is quite certain the pros outweigh the cons.
"But frankly, it could be outweighed very quickly, should you have any problems," Rossi explained.
"If you are designated to provide the PU to another team, if you have not been prepared for that you will need to increase the workforce consistently.
"So I'm not sure it's it's a very desirable effect. So at the end of the day, we're pretty happy. supplying ourselves at the moment."