GPMA rejects reports of Renault split

Wed, 8 November 2006, 09:41

A spokesman for ‘GPMA’ has rejected reports that Renault is no longer a member of the carmakers’ F1 association.

Xander Heijnen baulked at suggestions that when the French manufacturer signed up for the new 2008-2012 Concorde agreement, it also withdrew from the GPMA.

“Please note that (these reports are) incorrect,” GPMA spokesman Xander Heijnen insisted. “Renault is an active member of the manufacturer alliance and is planning to stay.”

It was reported earlier this year that Renault wanted to quit GPMA but honoured an agreement signed last September to remain in the alliance.

The other remaining GPMA members are BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Honda. Toyota quit the GPMA, which stands for Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association, in August.

The Japanese marque said at the time: “Toyota believes that the GPMA is currently focused more on operational details rather than the long-term strategic outlook for the future technology of Formula One.”


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