The article in A+ bells the cat - it is the first mainstream article I have read that basically says the Cyril stuffed up the whole thing. Like the RE story (!) you read it here first, and a long time ago at that.
This team is on the slide. It seems that most of the others either have more resources and can outspend to outperform Renault, or make smarter use of their resources to outperform Renault. Now running 6th in WCC, best of the rest is a long way off.
It is probably too late, but Cyril has to go if the team is to seriously lift its game.
I'm not superstitious, I don't believe in mind reading or anything like that, but it just feels like, at this stage, looking through a very narrow viewpoint of course, that Renault might be close to pulling the plug. Our mutterings in here, and now Autosport finally publishing it's thoughts that Renault probably cant' achieve its goal, how can it not be on the minds of the Renault board. I think this year shows it can't be done, not with a lower budget than the big guys, not with an equal budget, they would need to throw silly money at a dozen key people amongst Ferrari, Merceds, Red Bull to just start understanding what they can do differently to make the leap, and that's not even considering the gardening leave of those people.
The guys in posts above me all have really good points about all this, I don't think I'm the only one seeing the writing on the wall.
Cyril is a con man, but how can adults, supposedly business savvy adults in a position of power within Renault, allow this to continue?
You know the most worrying thing for me? The amount of times Cyril has used the term 'underestimated' over the last 4 or 5 years. The article in A+ attributes a quote to Cyril, this year, stating, yet again, that Renault 'ie Cyril' 'Underestimated' the year on year increase in spending by Mercedes. As if Cyril through they'd get to the top, then fire people and shrink down so others could catch up? Every facet of F1 has led in one year or another Cyril to come out and say 'Oh, we underestimated (insert part of F1 here)'
Sadly, if I were Renault, I'd pull the plug, put a bit more money and effort into the engine side, strike a deal with McLaren for title sponsorship, or at least partial, and get on with it, and probably save $150 million per season in the process.....
Oh, last thing, interesting that Autosport claims that Renaults budget went up $10 million this season, but Ricciardo cost them $20 million.... so cuts were made in other areas... if thats true, thats very damning of Renaults intent.......