Renault Sports management reorganisation continues 02 Mar 2003
Renault recently appointed Flavio Briatore, already managing director of its Enstone, Oxford base in the UK where the cars are designed and built, to a similar role at the engine manufacturing plant in Viry-Chatillon, just outside Paris.
Former managing director Jean Jacques His, who replaced Bernard Dudot as Renault's engine guru in the late Nineties, will now focus exclusively on engine design and is believed to be developing a more conventional 90 degree V10 engine for 2004 as the current wide angle powerplant, though innovative, has thus far proved disappointing.
To help Briatore in Paris, Renault Sport has added depth by bringing Dudot's familiar face back into the fold to look after day-to-day operations. The 64 year-old engineer was the architect of Renault's previous F1 operations. His role began in 1980 and brought the company back into the sport via the development of the ground-breaking V10 normally aspirated engine for 1989 which went on to win world championships for Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve between 1992 and 1997.
More recently, Dudot switched to a role with Alain Prost's now defunct team before working with Renault's partner, Nissan, in the Indy Racing League in America.