Renault F1 Sign Partnership with HP

Renault F1 Team have signed a technological partnership with Hewlett-Packard Company for the upcoming two years, as reported by Spanish newspaper As. The largest technology company in the world has already used their HP ProLiant BL456c servers for data recording, construction and design of the new Renault R29 at the team's headquarters in the UK.

For the next two years, HP will provide the Enstone-based team with complete data collection and analysis during a race, using HP xw6600 workstation with 3G technology and HP 8530w Mobile Workstation.

“This partnership is an excellent demonstration of HP's leading role in innovation and technology in a place when these two aspects are most represented, Formula 1,” commented Eric Cador, Senior Vice-President of the HP PSG EMEA. He also expressed hope that the team will further improve its performances in F1, continuing the good form showed in the late stages of 2008.

Flavio Briatore was also pleased with the new partnership, especially since it comes in a time when Renault F1 team are close to losing their primary sponsor in the series, ING Group. Although not officially confirmed, the Dutch banking group is likely to pull out of Formula 1 at the end of 2009, following the revision of their sponsorship deal in the mid-season.

“The importance of technology in the world of Formula 1 is no news. We are relying on the best and prestigious engineers in the world to help us with our technological problems,” commented Briatore on the new partnership.
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