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Red Bull is Renault's 'priority' in F1

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Renault is willing to supply engines to more teams in Formula One as long as it does not have a negative impact on its existing support of Red Bull.

Renault currently supplies four teams on the F1 grid - Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham - and this year took its third consecutive constructors' title with Red Bull. However, Renault CEO and chairman Carlos Ghosn said his company would consider supplying more of the grid if it could do so within the rules and without impacting Red Bull's competiveness

"We will provide as many teams as is allowed by the rules - because there are some rules and we will follow the rules - but the technology is not limited to just some teams," he said. "We are ready to offer our technology to more teams, but on the condition that we do not dilute the attention on the teams that are winning.

"For us preserving a very strong technical support for Red Bull is a priority. We want to make sure that we are always on the teams that wins and which can compete. At the same time we are ready to provide the technology for other teams."

He said the Renault-Nissan Alliance's decision to become a title sponsor of Red Bull with its Infiniti brand was further proof of its commitment to Formula One.

"As long as it makes sense for us, we will continue [in F1]," he said. "The [Renault-Nissan] Alliance is committed to Formula One through the very old commitment of Renault, which has been in Formula One for so many years and won so many titles, but also now with Infiniti coming and supporting one specific team and working with one specific team to make sure [we are] bringing the alliance to the forefront of racing."

And Ghosn is happy with the direction Formula One has taken with 1.6-litre V6 turbos set to replace the current 2.4-litre V8s in 2014.

"In 2008 when we made a change of strategy and we said we would become an engine provider. The condition was that Formula One would move towards more environmentally friendly technologies. We didn't say we need electric cars or we need this and that, we just said we will stay and continue to contribute as long as the technology is moving towards being more environmentally friendly. That's what's taking place."