Renault needed new direction, says Faure

Renault Sport boss Patrick Faure says that Renault is to abandon its wide-angle V10 in 2004 because of reliability concerns caused by new engine regulations

Renault needed new direction, says Faure

The decision to return to the conventional route flew in the face of former engine chief Jean-Jacques His's wishes, and was a key factor in his recent move to the Ferrari Maserati group.

Faure said in Monte Carlo: "Very simply, it took us more time and more work to have the reliability on the engine with the wide-angle. When we had to decide for the 2004 engine with the new regulations, after a lot of thought we decided to take probably the most reasonable solution, which was to come back to a more classical engine. That should allow us to quickly have a reliable and powerful engine, with probably less risk being taken on an 800km per weekend engine. You might call it insurance for the future."

Speaking about His's departure, he added: "There was probably a very clear connection. Jean-Jacques wanted to continue with the wide-angle engine. At the end of the day it's the job of the company CEO to decide, so we went the other way and Jean-Jacques took his decision afterwards, which he is completely free to do.

"On Tuesday we had a farewell drink with him and I think we've parted on good terms. He has done an enormous job for Renault. We will never forget that."

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