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Montangy and Renault part ways

Montangy and Renault part ways

Renault's test driver Franck Montagny has announced that he and the team are to part company after three years. Montagny made a statement on his website that said Renault had cancelled the partnership; the French driver is now pursuing...

Renault's test driver Franck Montagny has announced that he and the team are to part company after three years. Montagny made a statement on his website that said Renault had cancelled the partnership; the French driver is now pursuing negotiations with Jordan/Midland for next season. "Franck is facing a new challenge, to try and ensure a place in F1 for the 2006 season," said the statement.

Franck Montagny.
Photo by xpb.cc.

"Negotiations are already well advanced in this matter with the Jordan F1 team, (Midland in 2006) where Franck has already performed a test, which was said to be an excellent job by team manager Mr. Colin Kolles during the European Grand Prix at the N?rburgring. However his F1 future will also need the financial support of one or more partners."

"Franck has appreciated the time working with the technical team at Renault, which has enabled him to acquire a very vast knowledge of F1 on the highest level. His greatest disappointment is not to have been able to emphasize his very great potential, in particular during the final three races of the 2004 season."

"In spite of this anticipated departure, Franck thanks Renault for the trust that was placed in him and hopes sincerely that the team takes the 2005 Constructors crown."

Renault has yet to comment on the situation but it's widely speculated that occasional tester Heikki Kovalainen will take the official test and reserve driver role for 2006. Kovalainen has been part of Renault's young driver development programme for four years and this season was runner up to champion Nico Rosberg in the GP2 series.

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