Renault have announced in a press release that Marcin Budkowski, former head of FIA’s technical department, will join the team in a controversial move.
All members of the Strategy Group had written to the FIA and Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey to try and block Budowski from joining forces with the Enstone team after he handed in his resignation with the FIA last week.
Budkowski is aware of all the teams’ plans for next season and the rest of the paddock believe the move is unethical as he can pass this knowledge on to Renault for the 2018 campaign because he only has to serve a three-month gardening leave period.
But, ahead of FP2 in Japan, Renault have confirmed his ‘upcoming arrival’ via their official website and that he will ‘oversee all chassis development and production activities’.
Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul said: “There have been a lot of positive changes these last few months at Renault Sport Racing with an accelerated expansion at Enstone, the restructuring of our engine deployment from Viry with the supply of two top customer teams for 2018, three titles in a row in an increasingly competitive Formula E championship and other motor racing categories, and the arrival of new strategic partners.
“All of this is happening in a context where the seasons are longer and more intense. It was clear that the Renault Sport Racing management structure needed reinforcing.
“Marcin’s mission will be to continue the strengthening of Enstone to enable Renault to join the top Formula 1 teams by 2020, through relying on the proven personnel of the likes of Bob Bell, Nick Chester and Rob White. Marcin’s arrival is excellent news and further proof of our determination to achieve our goals.”