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Renault Sport appoints new president

ESPNF1 Staff
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Renault Sport has appointed Jean-Michel Jalinier as its new president © Sutton Images

Renault Sport F1 has appointed a new president, Jean-Michel Jalinier, to oversee its Formula One operations.

Renault Sport F1 currently supplies a quarter of the grid with engines, with world champions Red Bull, Renault and Lotus all on its books, and it is set to add Williams to its customer base next year. Jalinier, who has worked for Renault in various roles since 1985, replaces Bernard Rey, who has overseen Renault's F1 operations since 2007. Rey is leaving the company "to pursue a new opportunity" while Jalinier will report directly to the chairman and chief executive officer of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn.

Managing director of Renault Sport F1, Jean-Fran├žois Caubet, said: "All at Renault Sport F1 would like to thank Bernard for his valuable contribution to Renault's participation in Formula One. He has represented the interests of the teams at Enstone and latterly at Viry to the very highest levels of Renault, ensuring the continued support of the board. We wish him well in his new ventures.

"We would like to extend a warm welcome to Jean-Michel. His knowledge of the Renault-Nissan group plus his keen interest in Formula One and motorsport will serve us well as we move forward to the next phase of Renault's participation in the sport; four teams from 2012 onwards and the change in engine regulations in 2014."