Renault drops McNish for Montagny

Scotland's Allan McNish has been dropped by Renault as its test driver for 2004 and will be replaced by rising French star Franck Montagny

Renault drops McNish for Montagny

McNish joined Renault as its test driver this year after losing his race seat at Toyota, but despite some impressive performances in the two-hour private test sessions on grands prix Fridays, the Scotsman will need to find alternative employment next season.

"We want to thank Allan McNish, who has done an outstanding job for us this year, and made a key contribution to our success," said Renault team boss Flavio Briatore. "His work in the Heathrow test sessions has been invaluable, and we hope that his achievements this year will propel him to greater things."

Montagny was given a lesser testing role with the Anglo-French team this year, and replaced McNish at Magny-Cours for the French Grand Prix test. He has raced in the Dallara Nissan World Series, and is in a position to win the title at the next round.

"In recent years, the third driver has become increasingly important to a team's success, and our decision to promote Franck to this key role is a direct reflection of the work he has accomplished for us this year," said Briatore. "He has a bright future ahead of him."

McNish's future is now unclear, although he is understood to have some chance of a seat at Jordan-Ford.

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