Motor Racing: Renault in row over regulations

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RENAULT is reconsidering its long-term future in Formula One, following the decision of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to cut back on the amount of technology that is to be permitted.

Renault's managing director, Louis Schweitzer, said: 'Regulations which are excessively restrictive for our engineers would leave us with no opportunity to demonstrate our expertise. It would therefore make our participation pointless.'

Schweitzer said that Renault would continue to honour contracts to power the Williams and Ligier teams this season and next but he was not prepared to make a committment beyond 1994.

The International Motor Sports Federation (Fisa) has called a meeting in Paris next month to study a controversial report, filed by stewards at the Candian Grand Prix last month, suggesting that nearly all current Formula One cars fail to comply with regulationsgoverning active suspension and traction control.

The French driver, Jean Alesi, has agreed to stay with Ferrari until the end of the 1995 championship, thereby ending speculation that he might be replaced by Ayrton Senna after this season.