As the French government tries to convince Renault not to shift its Clio production from France to Turkey, the car maker has announced that it is looking to shut down production of its Clio in Slovenia and Spain.
The French government is pressuring Renault, the country's second-biggest carmaker, to produce the new model of Clio 4 in France, in a bid to protect jobs in the face of biting economic environment. Renault is considering producing the car in Turkey.
Ferrari ace Felipe Massa has called for the result of 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to be scrapped from the records, claiming that Renault's Nelson Piquet Jr deliberately crashed, “robbed” him of glory and changed the outcome of the championship.
Renault's driver Fernando Alonso will replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari next season. The Spaniard, who has signed a three-year deal, will partner Brazil's Felipe Massa. Raikkonen has been linked in the media with a return to McLaren.
The technical director of Renault's Formula One team, Briton Bob Bell, will stand in as team manager to the end of the season following the departure of Flavio Briatore in a race-fixing controversy dubbed the "Crashgate".
The FIA, Formula One's governing body, has handed Renault a two-year suspended ban for fixing last year's Singapore Grand Prix. Former team boss Flavio Briatore has been banned from the sport for life.