I wonder what their plan is for the coming year concerning the title sponsor. Bank is in, so some French banks in frame? (or exactly no as reflecting french 'social' states...?)
Banks and financial institutions are a bit funny because of the economy. We're slowly clawing our way out of recession, but if you look at it, RBS is leaving Williams, and ING was going to depart from Renault before the investigation. But on the other hand, Santander are increasing their involvement by sponsoring Ferrari without actually leaving McLaren. The banks have money, it's just a question of how well they're faring. That said, French insurance giant Matmut sponsor the ORECA Le Mans team. Something like this might actually look pretty good:
It's a template of a GP2 car for BATracer, but you get the point.
The other major source of money these days seems to be from telecom group. McLaren have Vodafone, Williams have AT&T, Campos are said to be in talks with Telefonicia, BMW Sauber have had T-Mobile, and so on and so forth. Renault are no exception, they have Russian provider MegaFon lending their name. They're only a minor sponsor, but with Renault signing Kubica for next season, MegaFon might be interesed in increasng their sponsorship. Especilly if they were to sign Vitaly Petrov, but I thik he'll be going elsewhere.
The other source seems to be in petrochemicals. BMW Sauber have Petronas, and while Lotus were interested in them, Petronas are said to be more interesed in Williams. Ferrari hae Shell, but I think that logo is there because Shell is a technical partner. Renault already have an arrangement with Total, who clearly weren't fightened off after the investigaton and may be willing to step up as title sponsor. Although it would mean another multi-coloured car, Total's red, orange, pink and light blue would work fairly well together; certainly better than the current arrangement.