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From keeping Caterham alive to rehabilitating Renault

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For five years Cyril Abiteboul has been in charge of Renault's Formula 1 presence. The hybrid era put Abiteboul at odds with his counterpart at Red Bull, and prompted Renault to return in force to prove itself again as a manufacturer. But as he explains to Stuart Codling, his career has been eventful even before this latest chapter

While Cyril Abiteboul is a regular character in our news pages by dint of his position at the head of one of Formula 1's grandee teams - albeit one struggling to regain past glories - somehow six years have elapsed since F1 Racing sat down for a one-to-one interview with him. Then he was team principal of Caterham; now he's in charge of superintending Renault's return to championship glory.

That means he's a busy man, but Cyril has found a one-hour window for us between meetings in Monaco, and we convene at his hotel, the Monte Carlo Bay, where the Blue Gin Bar is conveniently empty at this time of day - the sun not yet being past the yard arm...

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