Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2009

FIA’s Gilles Simon joins engine manufacturer PURE

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Simon worked for Ferrari until 2009

PURE, the new F1 engine builder set up by former BAR team principal Craig Pollock, has announced Gilles Simon will join as its new technical director.

Simon joins PURE from the FIA where he had been the director of technical and powertrain.

PURE was set up by Pollock to build engines for the new technical regulations originally planned for 2013.

The company now plans to build a V6 engine to meet the 2014 technical regulations.

Simon said the new regulations are “the biggest change in this area of F1 for a generation.”

“This opportunity to develop the PURE powertrain is a fantastic challenge and allows me to go to back to my passion – designing engines.”

He added: “Making F1 more environmentally-friendly is a personal goal of mine.”

Simon had previously worked with current FIA president Jean Todt at Ferrari from 1994 to 2009, and before that at Peugeot’s Le Mans team. Todt said: “Gilles leaves the FIA with my thanks and best wishes.

“We have worked together on a variety of projects over many years, at Peugeot, Ferrari and at the FIA, and I know how much of his life has been devoted to his love of designing powetrains.

“After a very fruitful 18-month period at the FIA where he has been able to leave a significant legacy in the 2014 powertrain regulations, Gilles has been offered an opportunity at PURE that will enable him to make a substantial contribution to a new era in F1. I wish him a successful future.”

Pollock said Simon’s appointment is “another key milestone in the development of PURE.

“With Gilles Simon on board we have an exceptional and proven powertrain designer who has been instrumental in driving an environmentally friendly agenda into F1.”

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