Renault presently supplies power units to its own factory outfit, Red Bull and Toro Rosso, but was approached by McLaren amid its ongoing struggles with Honda.
McLaren struggling with current Honda power, and force-fully considering ditching Honda. After talks with both Ferrari and Mercedes, they unwilling to supply a potentially competitive team.
“The situation is that we have a multi-year contracts with Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso,” Abiteboul said.
“I can confirm that there have been discussions with McLaren. There is a restriction in the regulations if we wanted to supply more than three teams.
“Any addition to that, I don’t think that it would be reasonable to believe that we could supply more than three without degrading the level of service and the quality of service for the other teams.
“We’ve had discussions. Frankly we have a contract in place. We value the relationship with Red Bull. It’s a long-standing relationship and we would like to carry this relationship until its term, 2020.”
Renault do not have the capacity to power a fourth team in 2018 – Christian Horner
Red Bull boss Christian Horner tells Sky Sports F1 – “I don’t think Renault could supply a fourth team,”
“I don’t think they have the capacity to do that and they would also need FIA approval to do that which I which I can’t see happening. He added
“It is an FIA issue if Renault are to supply more than three teams, but I can’t imagine a situation where they would agree something which would be effectively be putting Honda out of Formula 1.”