Montagny raising hopes for Renault seat
16 November 2009 – Franck Montagny believes that he could find his way back into the Renault team, possibly as team-mate to Robert Kubica, at the refreshed outfit ahead of next season. The Frenchman tested for the Enstone squad between 2003 and 2005 and is now yet to race in F1 since doing so for a limited period of time in 2006.
After his testing stint with Renault, Montagny's F1 race debut came with Super Aguri at the 2006 European Grand Prix, competing in a further six races before testing with Toyota for the next two seasons. With former Renault Managing Director Flavio Briatore now having left, however, Franck feels his chances of rejoining the squad are higher.
"There is a real possibility and we have discussed it a lot of times," the 31-year-old, who hails from Feurs, explained to Radio Canada. "I do not particularly expect to find myself on the list. I have been concentrating on my (Le Mans) prototype program, not specifically about F1 because I wasn't there anymore, but surprises like that can happen.
"I suppose I was not on very good terms with Flavio but this is a team with which I worked, I helped change and won a World Championship with so, for me, it would be sad to see the team disappear." Franck's final comments refer to the fact that Renault staged an emergency meeting in Paris regarding its own F1 future following the sudden exit of Toyota just under two weeks ago.