Renault Open to Jump-Starting F1 Engine Talks with Andretti

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Renault is not ruling out resuming talks with Andretti about helping the hopeful Formula 1 entrant get up and running in Formula 1.

Last October, amid rising pressure from Liberty Media and the 10 existing teams, Andretti's hopes of joining the grid dwindled as an early customer engine deal with Renault and Alpine expired.

"It (the contract) was completely dependent on whether they could get entry into Formula 1, and they didn't get that at the time," Alpine interim boss Bruno Famin said at the time.

However, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem insisted that Renault doesn't have the power to leave Andretti without an engine thanks to rules obliging engine manufacturers to supply customer teams if required.

"It will probably be Alpine or Honda because that's just the rules," the FIA boss said.

Andretti's hopes of gaining a spot in the series then got a further boost in November, when partner General Motors officially registered as a full F1 engine supplier for 2028—with the Cadillac brand.

That would only leave Andretti to come up with an engine partner until the 2028 F1 season. The team is still awaiting final approval of its application to join the series. That announcement could come at any time, as Andretti seems to have checked all the boxes.

Alpine's Famin is now quoted as saying by European outlet Speed week: "We spoke to Andretti and General Motors and if they get started, we'll be happy to resume the discussions. At the moment everything is on hold because everything took a little longer than originally expected and that preliminary agreement expired. But we would be happy to sit down at the table with Andretti to find a common solution."