“We’ve enjoyed every minute of it” – Renault and Red Bull were both partners of luxury carmaker Infiniti at different phases, but will no more after the latter’s decision to leave Formula 1.
Infiniti, the luxury car division of Nissan, announced its departure from Formula 1. This effectively ended their association with the Renault team. Renault, incidentally, also has an alliance with Nissan. Apart from Renault, Infiniti has been partners of the Red Bull team during their glory years. Renault/Alpine team principal Cyril Abiteboul thanked Infiniti for their continued support since 2016.
“Having Infiniti as a technical partner during the past five years has constituted a real advantage for us. They’ve brought their significant experience an electrifying performance to the team, which has been a crucial element of this partnership.”
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“But, in addition, being part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance meant that we could also collaborate together in innovative and groundbreaking projects such as the Infiniti Project Black S and the Infiniti Engineering Academy, which wouldn’t have been possible in any other context.”
“The close collaboration we could establish with Infiniti since the beginning has been very beneficial for both parties; we’ve enjoyed every minute of it and are very proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. We wish Infiniti all the best in their future endeavors and remain open to new – and no doubt equally successful – collaborations with them in the future.”
Infiniti proud of association with Renault F1
Tommaso Volpe, the global motorsports director of Nissan-Infiniti, spoke about their association with Formula 1. The decade-long collaboration, which included giants like Red Bull and Renault, have definitely put them on a much stronger footing. And as Abiteboul, we also hope Infiniti comes back to the sport in the future.
“We are enormously proud of our participation in Formula 1 and the successes and milestones we’ve achieved.”
“Our involvement in the sport has gone from strength to strength during these past 10 years. We have not only increased our brand awareness but also strengthened our technical credentials and capabilities. Now it is the right time for us to concentrate our resources and all the knowledge gained through our Formula 1 activities in the research and development of our new technologies and future powertrains.”
“This decade in Formula 1 has been an incredible and fruitful journey for us. We have had the privilege of collaborating very closely with companies that shared our goals and supported our vision, and we certainly come out of this experience wiser and stronger.”
“We wholeheartedly thank all of our partners, and especially everyone at Renault DP World F1 Team, for the fantastic work we’ve done together during the past few years and for their continued support as we begin a new chapter focused on our development.”