Renault overhaul Formula 1 management team

Date published: May 8 2019

Renault have announced a restructure of their management team, with three new positions created.

Renault have announced the creation of three new management positions in its Formula 1 team ahead of the 2021 rule changes.

The French manufacturer have regularly stated their intent to return to the front of the grid and see the major changes to Formula 1 penciled in for 2021 as the perfect opportunity.

Crash.net report that three new management positions have been created to offer more depth in the engine and chassis departments.

From 1 August, Christophe Mary will become director of engineering at Renault’s engine base in Viry-Chatillon. Stephane Rodriguez will take up the role of project and purchasing director, with both reporting to engine technical director Remi Taffin.

Mary will depart his role as chief systems and powertrain engineer at PSA Motorsport to join Renault – he boasts 14 years of experience at Ferrari and four years at Mercedes HPE.

The team is based at Enstone and there will be changes there too – deputy chief designer Matt Harman – who jumped ship from Mercedes last year – has been named engineering director and will report to technical head Nick Chester.

All three will sit on Renault’s Formula 1 management board, with the manufacturer hoping this will allow Chester and Taffin to increase their focus on performance.

As quoted by Crash.net, an official statement read: “Beyond their impact on the 2019 and 2020 seasons, these changes are a significant step towards preparing both organisations to the challenges of the 2021 season and meeting the objectives of the roadmap set in 2016.”

Renault have endured a difficult start to the 2019 campaign, with reliability issues contributing largely to their lowly position of P7 in the Constructors’ Championship. They finished best-of-the-rest P4 in 2018.

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