Nov.2 (GMM) Renault has ousted its aerodynamics boss.
The Enstone based team intended to close the gap to Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in 2019, but instead has actually fallen behind McLaren.
Renault is happy with the step it has taken with its engine this year, but Cyril Abiteboul admitted in Austin that the aerodynamics department needs improving.
“We need also to look for a bit stronger technical leadership and making the team stronger in that area where we were a bit lean,” he said.
“Our aero department is a big department with very nice facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, so they need to know to deliver more.”
Aerodynamics boss Peter Machin has therefore left Renault “with immediate effect”.
He will be replaced by Dirk de Beer, who formerly worked at Enstone before switching to Ferrari and most recently Williams.
Renault also said a deputy aerodynamics boss “from another team” will start work at some time next year.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!