Enstone, a village in England’s West Oxfordshire, will on Friday be the scene of some forthright soul searching.
It is reported in the German specialist magazine Auto Motor und Sport that a “crisis meeting” will be held at Renault’s UK headquarters after the reigning back to back world champions rose only to a comparatively paltry fourth position in the constructors’ title.
With Fernando Alonso departed to McLaren, Renault racers Giancarlo Fisichella and rookie Heikki Kovalainen failed to finish higher than fifth place in any of the three ‘flyaway’ races in Australia, Malaysia, and last weekend in Bahrain.
The report says the meeting has been convened by team principal Flavio Briatore in order to devise a recovery plan.
The Italian has reportedly already internally written off winning the 2007 championship but wants to use the remaining fourteen grands prix this year to claw back the on-average 1.5 second per lap gap to the front runners, after Renault also fell off the pace of BMW-Sauber.
The focus of any Renault recovery is likely to centre around the relationship between the R27 chassis and the Bridgestone tyres, and also consider fundamental changes to suspension, wheel base, aerodynamic balance and weight distribution.