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GP Week : 13-Oct-2009
IT has been suggested that the Renault F1 team may revert to running a classic yellow and black livery for the nal two races of the 2009 season, after the team's title sponsor ING pulled out of its deal with the team in the aftermath of the "crashgate" scandal. Renault's livery since ING came on board as title sponsor has been something of a messy compromise between Renault's classic yellow and the orange and blue of ING, with many people dubbing this season's R29 the "McDonalds" car due to its garish livery. The Renault F1 Team arrived in Japan with boxes full of new, simple team shirts minus the ING logos, and a large number of the team's RDD style dark grey jackets, with yellow-embroidered "Renault" logos and black accents. The team's press releases have also switched from the yellow, blue and orange of the ING fudge to simple yellow and black. A large box of Renault's 30th F1 anniversary black and yellow caps were also flown to Japan, creating talk that the team may be about to take influence for its livery from a marketing scheme it used to publicise that very anniversary. Two seasons ago, Renault repainted an R27 in the classic yellow and black of their first F1 car the RS01, nicknamed the "yellow teapot." GPWeek believes that Renault is considering using this colour scheme as a basis for the R29's livery for the final two races of 2009, as the team attempts to distance itself even further from the reign of Flavio Briatore in the run up to what will be a crucial winter for the squad in terms of rebuilding its brand and reputation. The concept of a classic livery would fit in well with the team's new direction, with Managing Director Jean-Francois Caubet telling journalists at the Singapore Grand Prix that "this team has to rediscover the Renault culture. It's lost it a bit and it will be important to rediscover it. We have to rebuild links with the Renault base." Renault to run classic livery? F1 NEWS >> 10