NOVEMBER 1, 2019
Renault shuffles aero department
Renault today announced changes in it’s structure in the aerodynamic department, with Peter Machin, Head of Aerodynamics, leaving the team with immediate effect, with Dirk de Beer taking over.
James Rodgers, currently Principal Aerodynamicist in charge of future car projects, has been promoted to a new position of Chief Aerodynamicist, responsible for Aerodynamic performance development.
Team principal Cyril Abiteboul said, "In 2019 we have shown some strengths, but identified areas that needed reinforcement. After a rapid growth of our aerodynamic department and a modernisation of our equipment, the strengthening of the management layer of this key department will help us reap the benefits of our investments. This is particularly relevant as we enter a very important year in our midterm plan with the 2021 aerodynamic regulations now confirmed.”
Marcin Budkowski, Renault Executive Director said. "We are delighted to welcome Dirk as Head of Aerodynamics. His proven technical and management skills make him the perfect profile to lead such a large and complex department. James has demonstrated a strong ability to generate performance and this new role will enable him to steer the aerodynamic development of all our car projects. These changes are the next step in the restructuring of Renault F1 Team’s Chassis operation in Enstone and I am confident that they will allow us to resume our progress towards the front of the grid.”