Vasseur appointed team principal as Renault tweaks structure

The Renault Sport F1 Team has shuffled its management structure mid-season, with Frederic Vasseur taking on the role of team principal.

Vasseur appointed team principal as Renault tweaks structure
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport F1 Managing Director
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team
Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and team mate Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 at the start of the race
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 leads team mate Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16

The changes, which will also see managing director Cyril Abiteboul move to the UK, were announced by Jerome Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing, in an interview to F1.com.

"The redeployment of the management structure, based on the appraisal of the requirements of the two entities (Enstone and Viry), is underway," Stroll said.

"In our management structure, Cyril Abiteboul will retain his previous position of Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing but he will focus his time on the improvements that need to be made to Enstone as well as the alignment between the two sites of Viry and Enstone.

"The consequence is that he will move in the UK in the very near future."

Stoll also said that Vasseur, who had previously served as the team's racing director, "will be responsible for the performance and results of the team".

In addition, Vasseur will manage the day-to-day activities in the Viry-Chatillon facility, which is in charge of Renault's F1 engine programme.

Personnel intake

With the Renault team having been affected by a well-publicised shortage of personnel since its takeover of Lotus, Stoll has named targets for staff intake in 2016.

"We have the target of almost 100 extra personnel at Enstone this year, as well as over 30 extra personnel at Viry.

"This is not the work of a moment as we are targeting the very best people in their respective fields."

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