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Boullier joins Renault as new team principal 05 Jan 2010

Eric Boullier, Renault team principal, 4 January 2010. © Drew Gibson/LAT/Renault Eric Boullier, Renault team principal, 4 January 2010. © Drew Gibson/LAT/Renault

Renault announced on Tuesday that Frenchman Eric Boullier has been appointed as their new team principal with immediate effect. Boullier started his motorsport career as an engineer ten years ago before he made the move into management. He takes over from Bob Bell, who filled the role on a temporary basis after the departure of Flavio Briatore last September.

"I am incredibly proud to be joining the Renault F1 Team as team principal,” he said. “Renault is one of the most famous and successful names in motorsport and I look forward to leading the team into the new season. In the past Renault has demonstrated that it is one of the top teams in Formula One and I am sure that with hard work and determination we can challenge at the front once again."

Boullier joined Team DAMS as their managing director in 2003 and oversaw their racing operations in various categories including GP2. The 36 year-old has also acted as team principal for Team France in the A1GP Series between 2007 and 2009.