Renault Sport Formula One Appoint New Head of Aero

Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Renault Sport Formula One Team has announced that they have appointed a new head of aerodynamics, Pete Machin, who will join the ranks at Enstone on 3 July 2017.

Machin boasts an impressive employment history within the sport, having previously overseen the wind tunnel development at Red Bull Racing during their four-time Championship winning streak. He was also a senior CFD engineer at Arrows Formula One Team from 1997 to 2002, and served a stint at Jaguar Racing.

Renault has also named Jon Tomlinson as their deputy head of aerodynamics.

Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing was eager to signify the importance  a talent such as Machin can bring to a team, especially during this period of unsettlement.

We are very pleased to welcome Pete Machin to Enstone,” he said.

“Aerodynamics are obviously a hugely important element of the performance equation so to enlist Pete is a particular highlight of our recent recruitment programme. The latest generation of regulations are, if anything, more aero-crucial than before so to have Pete join us at such a time of exciting evolution will be of the greatest benefit.”

Machin spoke of his delight at the prospect of working at the team, alongside the experienced Bob Bell and a few familiar faces, as they go in chase of long-overdue success.

Bob Bell headed up the technical team when Renault last won world championships as a constructor, so I’m very much looking forward to working with him in my new role with that same achievement as the target.”

“I have previously worked closely with both Nick Chester and Ciaron Pilbeam too, so I have good familiarity with some key personnel as well as the aspirations.