I am really surprised by this given Renault's ( and Team Enstone's) history that they are struggling to recruit engineers it just seems the late dithering /row with Red Bull and the previous management at Enstone is making the transition more painful
The problem with Renault has been when they reach the top they don't appear to want to stay their forever. The challenge to reach the summit is better than being on top of the summit so it it seems to them
They have been short changed in that they were not getting any credit for Red Bull's success.
Getting their fingers burned with Flavio really bought them down but I have to say if they did not want to be in F1 for long term then they would not have bought Team Enstone
Lessons learned from last time will be to to make sure they appoint people they can trust to run the F1 team
Bill Boddy Off course they would say that but if you are Carlos Sainz you have to say to yourself you can't wait another 3 years to be promoted to Red Bull and by then Max Verstappen might have established himself to be a regular race winner
He should follow what his idol Alonso did who saw that as tempting as the contract might have been joining Ferrari back in 2001 would have meant he would have to be Schumacher's understudy and not show his full ability and he rejected it and went to Renault with a view of a race seat and knowing full well the team was going to be competititve
Interestingly this rumour came out from a German media source suggests that Renault will drop both current drivers and are not only after Sainz and Bottas but suddenly Hulkenberg is in the running but Perez is out of the running and rumoured going for the Haas drive and replacing Gutierrez
When Renault repurchased the team they said they had a 9-year commitment and a budget of 800m euros; hence under 90m euros per season, assuming they spread it out. Which is no increase on the old budget at all, and less than everyone else is spending except Manor.
So that might be part of it, and might also be why they won't make any progress next season (prediction alert!)
I think they will have to increase their budget or find some serious big sponsors to come up with the rest
The rumour seems to be Hulkenberg will join the team and probably paired with Ocon but it seems Palmer is doing his best to retain his seat , K Mag appears to be very dispirited with the team and is on his way out
Two relatively inexperienced drivers and a new management structure was likely to lead to a transitional year for Team Enstone. I think Hulkenberg's experience can only be to the benefit of the team and give them a focal point. Whether he is the driver to take them back to the top step of the podium is another matter.