Cyril Abiteboul, Caterham, Melbourne, 2013

Abiteboul returns to Renault following Caterham exit

2014 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Cyril Abiteboul, Caterham, Melbourne, 2013Cyril Abiteboul has returned to Renault’s F1 engine operation following his departure from the Caterham team, whose sale was announced yesterday.

Abiteboul, who was team principal of the Renault customer outfit, has taken on the new role of managing director at Renault Sport F1. He had been deputy managing director before he joined Caterham 18 months ago.

There have been further changes at the engine builder in the wake of their poor performance so far this season due to problems with their Energy F1 power unit. President and managing director Jean-Michel Jalinier has “decided to exercise his right to retirement for personal reasons”, the company announced on Thursday.

Jerome Stroll has taken over from Jalinier as president of Renault Sport F1. Stroll will incorporate the role within his current duties as chief performance officer and group sales and marketing director.

Renault powered Red Bull to constructors’ championship victories in the last four seasons, during which time Sebastian Vettel also won all four drivers’ championships. However Red Bull have criticised the poor performance and reliability of their engines built to this year’s new regulations.

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