Renault to pull out after `97 season

PARIS, June 20, 1996 - Renault, the French car manufacturer whose engines have powered Williams and Benetton teams to the last four constructors' world championships, announced on Thurs- day they are to withdraw from Formula One at the...

PARIS, June 20, 1996 - Renault, the French car manufacturer whose engines have powered Williams and Benetton teams to the last four constructors' world championships, announced on Thurs- day they are to withdraw from Formula One at the end of 1997. Renault made their announcement in Paris where Renault sport president Patrick Faure confirmed one of Formula One's hottest rumours of recent weeks. ``The goal the company set itself in 1989 has been largely surpassed thanks to the know-how and commitment of the Renault Sport team," Renault said in a statement. ``Renault Sport will continue to operate after 1997 as an independent unit, run by Christian Contzen and Bernard Dudot." Renault, which ran its own team between 1977-85, has had a great influence on Grand Prix racing.

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Series Formula 1
Teams Williams , Benetton