Changes at Renault Sport F1

Red Bull Racing hasn’t had the best season so far in 2014. Not when you consider they just came off of four championship-winning years. While the team are pressed for answers, they’ve tried to take the high road in blaming their engine partner, Renault Sport, but lately, the veneer has began to crack with hints and allegations that the power unit maker has let them down.

For Renault Sport’s part, they’ve admitted to being behind the curve on their current power unit and apparently the group is making changes to rectify the situation. This from Renault Sport F1:

The Renault Group regretfully announces the departure of Mr. Jean-Michel Jalinier, President and Managing Director of Renault Sport F1, who has decided to exercise his right to retirement for personal reasons.

From July 3, Renault Sport F1’s new President will be Mr. Jérôme Stoll who will take on the role in addition to his current responsibilities as Chief Performance Officer and Group Sales and Marketing Director.

Mr. Cyril Abiteboul has been appointed to fill the newly-created position of Managing Director of Renault Sport F1, reporting to Mr. Jérôme Stoll.

Jean-Michel Jalinier is a graduate of France’s Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers, with doctorates in mechanical engineering and science. He joined Renault in 1985 and has held different positions within the Group, notably at the factories in Cléon and Flins. He became General Manager of the Group’s cooperation with General Motors and was the Trafic Programme Manager for the LCV Division in 1996, before becoming the General Manager of Renault Russia in 2003, then President of Renault Brazil in 2009. Jean-Michel Jalinier was named Chairman and Managing Director of Renault Sport F1 in 2012, reporting directly to Renault’s President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn.

Cyril Abiteboul was born on October 14, 1977 and is a graduate of the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble. He joined Renault in 2001 and was named Development Director of Renault F1 Team in 2007, before becoming Executive Director in 2010. In September 2012, Cyril Abiteboul moved to the Formula 1 team Caterham as General Manager.


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