Renault has announced a number of changes to its technical structure as part of preparations for new Formula 1 regulations in 2021.
The French constructor finished fourth in the standings last season but is currently seventh overall after a disappointing start to 2019, picking up 12 points from the opening four races. With Renault targeting a return to the front when F1 introduces new regulations — planned for implementation in two years’ time — the team has created two new positions at its Viry-Chatillon base.
Former Ferrari and Mercedes engineer Christophe Mary has been named director of engineering, starting work on August 1. At the same time, Stéphane Rodriguez has been promoted internally to the position of project and purchasing director within the technical department, with both reporting to engine technical director Remi Taffin.
There has also been a change at Enstone, where former Mercedes head of powertrain integration and transmission design Matt Harman — who joined Renault in 2018 — has been appointed engineering director within the technical department. Harman will report to chassis technical director Nick Chester.
Renault says the changes are intended to free up Taffin and Chester to focus on engine and chassis performance, with Mary, Rodriguez and Harman all sitting on the team’s management board.
“Beyond their impact on the 2019 and 2020 seasons, these changes are a significant step towards preparing both organizations to the challenges of the 2021 season and meeting the objectives of the roadmap set in 2016,” a Renault statement read.