Gastaldi: Renault's call on announcement time
14 November 2015 – Lotus Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi says that Renault will decide when to announce any potential takeover of the squad, as the 2015 season nears its conclusion.
Renault has been moving closer to a takeover of the team which it ran between 2002 and 2010, with a letter of intent having been publicly confirmed in late September.
Gastaldi confirmed that Renault employees have been working with Lotus across the past couple of months but that any announcement has to be made by the French company, rather than the Formula 1 team.
"That's pretty much a call that has to be done from Renault," he said when asked if an announcement was forthcoming.
"All the bits and pieces are there, we have had people since [the] Singapore [Grand Prix] working there already so when it will be announced is their call."
When pressed on what power unit the team expects to use in 2016, Gastaldi replied "Renault."