Olivier Quesnel Turns Down Renault Offer

Renault seems to have a hard time finding a proper replacement for former manager Flavio Briatore prior to the 2010 season. Following the immense race fixing scandal in 2009, the 59-year old was forced to quit his position in the team and was immediately replaced by Bob Bell on a temporary basis.

However, the French manufacturer is yet to confirm Bell for the 2010 season also. Which means the French manufacturer is looking for another high-profile figure to take responsibility for the team's operations in the season to come. While several names were rumored by the media in recent weeks, none have confirmed back their interest.

The latest of those names was Citroen's Olivier Quesnel. The 59-year old is currently in charge of the French car maker's rally operations in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and was reportedly handed an offer from Renault to switch to Formula One. However, according to Finland's Turun Sanomat, Quesnel said no already, preferring to stay with Citroen and win some more titles in the WRC.

Most recently, former Grand Prix winner Gerhard Berger was linked with the job, but the Austrian official also denied the offer from Renault. Following his decent F1 career in the 90s, Berger's CV was perfect for the team boss position, as he used to be motor sport director for BMW and also team co-owner of Italian outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso.

French F1 champion Jean Alesi was also linked with the job – from the very beginning of the crash-gate – and the quadruple championship winner never really said no. In addition, he even told the media that he would love such a challenge, in case an offer would be handed to him. No word from Renault yet...

GP2 team co-owner of ART Grand Prix Frederic Vasseur is also on the job list for the French manufacturer, according to several reports in France.
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