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Williams deal could 'dilute' engine supply - Boullier
- Eric Boullier
Renault team principal Eric Boullier has admitted he has some concerns that Renault Sport's decision to supply a fourth team with engines from 2012 might dilute the energy it can commit to his outfit.
Last week Renault Sport, which no longer has anything to do with the ownership of the Renault team, announced it would add Williams to its list of engine customers from 2012. As a result it will become the biggest engine supplier on the grid, powering Red Bull, Lotus, Renault and Williams.
Boullier said he was aware of the Williams deal before it was announced and has made his views clear to Renault Sport.
"We knew about it, the only thing is that obviously you may have a concern when they are getting bigger and supplying another team because the energy can get diluted and the efficiency diluted," he said. "So this is one concern we can have and one that we have raised and we will be raising."
He added: "This is normal."
At the announcement of the Williams deal, Renault Sport's president Bernard Rey said it was a priority that the standard of the service would not be diluted in 2012.
"At the end of 2010 we announced a third team, Team Lotus, would be added to our existing partners of Lotus Renault GP and Red Bull Racing," Rey said. "By the results we have achieved this year we have already demonstrated that there has been no drop-off in performance or service in doing so. The team at Viry[-Chatillon, Renault Sport's base,] see it very positively and are looking forward to a new relationship.
"We have sufficient facilities to adequately service a fourth client and will consider our internal structures before recruiting more personnel if necessary. Our priority is maintaining the excellent customer service and satisfaction and we'll take necessary measures to restructure operations if necessary."
But despite the concerns, Boullier is not considering looking elsewhere when his team's current engine contract runs out and instead is hoping to work more closely with Renault Sport.
"Our contract is lasting another couple of years until 2013 so we are discussing very seriously now about extending the contract and actually doing even more," he said. "We have a historical connection with Viry and Viry will need to have some chassis support to build up the architecture of the new engine and I am working on this agreement with them."
Asked if he would consider another manufacturer, he said: "No I'm not evaluating any other options because we have this historical link so I would like to carry on long-term with them."