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Renault recruit head of aero from rivals.

Renault has continued it push to move up the grid with Pete Machin joining from Red Bull.

Machin will be joining in July as head of aerodynamics with the Enstone based outfit after spending almost 15 years with his current employers since joining when they were under the Jaguar guise. Machin has been working within windtunnel development before moving to aerodynamics leader and was part of the team responsible for Red Bull’s four peat between 2010 and 2013.

Jon Tomlinson will move down to deputy head of aerodynamics as part of the restructuring process having led the department before.

Managing director Cyril Abiteboul spoke about the change. “Aerodynamics are obviously a hugely important element of the performance equation so to enlist Pete is a particular highlight of our recent recruitment programme,”

“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.”

Machin himself started his aerodynamics career at Bombardier Engineering before getting into F1 in 1997 with Arrows before moving to Jaguar in 2002. He is looking forward to his new role as well.

“It is clear that Renault Sport is serious about mounting a fresh challenge within F1 and I am happy to join the team.”

“Bob Bell (cheif technical officer at Renault) 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.”

This is the latest in a number of personnel changes at the Enstone outfit that includes Pilbeam joining from McLaren as chief race engineer amongst other changes and of course the arrival of Nico Hulkenburg from Force India to partner Jolyon Palmer as the teams drivers.

Andrew Campbell


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