Renault makes management changes to address slide
Renault Sport has made changes to its management structure in a bid to address the problems it has faced this year, with ex-Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul returning to the engine manufacturer.
Abiteboul will join as managing director as part of a reshuffle that will see Renault Sport president Jean-Michel Jalinier retire for personal reasons and Jérôme Stoll take over his role to add to his current responsibilities as chief performance officer and group sales and marketing director. The news comes in the same week that new owners took over Caterham and ex F1-driver Christian Albers took over the day-to-day running of the team.
Abiteboul came to Caterham from Renault Sport in 2012 and had been working for the French engine manufacturer since 2001. The news also comes after a disappointing year for Renault, which culminated with a flash point with premium customer Red Bull at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Speaking after another disappointing weekend on a power-dependent circuit, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said "something needs to happen" at Renault to address the slide in competitiveness under the new regulations.