When the coronavirus pandemic wrecked worldwide automotive businesses, the risk of Formula 1 losing manufacturers was extremely high.
With the car industry battling for survival, wide-sweeping cost cuts were essential. And in such a scenario, just as played out in the financial crisis of 2008, 'luxury' activities like having an F1 programme can easily get knocked on the head.
For Renault, the risk seemed especially large - as its future had been up in the air even before the coronavirus crisis hit. Amid the fallout of the Carlos Ghosn affair and poor sales, a major internal review of its business approach had already targeted whether or not to continue in F1.