The changes continue at Renault Sport Racing as the team announced they’ve hired Pete Machin as the Head of Aerodynamics, beginning in July.
“Aerodynamics are obviously a hugely important element of the performance equation so to enlist Pete is a particular highlight of our recent recruitment programme,” said Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing. “The latest generation of regulations are, if anything, more aero-crucial than before so to have Pete join us at such a time of exciting evolution will be of the greatest benefit.
“Pete will fit into our existing structure and we expect to see the fruits of his labours come on stream later in the year. This announcement is tremendously exciting for everyone at Renault Sport Racing.”
Machin joins the team after spending time with Red Bull, developing their RB6 through RB9 cars. Previously, he was the Senior CDF Engineer at Arrows.
“It is clear that Renault Sport is serious about mounting a fresh challenge within F1 and I am happy to join the team,” he said. “Bob Bell headed-up the technical team when Renault last won world championships as a constructor, so I’m very much looking forward to working with him in my new role with that same achievement as the target.
“I have previously worked closely with both Nick Chester and Ciaron Pilbeam too, so I have good familiarity with some key personnel as well as the aspirations. “The technical regulation changes for 2017 are the first significant change in four years and will allow F1 cars to achieve greater downforce than at any other time in the history of the sport, so it’s a very exciting time to be taking charge of aero development at Renault Sport Racing and I am confident in getting the team back to the sharp end of the grid.”
It marks the second significant change announced by the team, as they announced in December the appointments of Rob White as operations director and Ciaron Pilbeam as the chief race engineer.
The team also confirmed in December that they’re expanding their work space, as well, so they can have two CNC machines in a dedicated building and a new spray and preparation facility.
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