The Renault team continues to haemorrhage key technical staff, with designer Tim Densham joining the long list of departing team members from its Enstone headquarters.
Since the Genii Capital and Group Lotus buy-out of the former works team, the likes of Bob Bell (now technical director with Mercedes GP), Steve Nielsen (destination unknown), Jason Somerville (to become the head of aero at Williams) have all headed, or are heading, for the door marked ‘Exit’.
Densham (pictured) is now the latest, and while the team are claiming that the Brit is retiring, there are reports kicking around claiming that he is heading to Ferrari to help fill the vacuum of technical staff at Maranello, with the team rumoured to be considering dumping Nikolas Tombazis from the role of chief designer.
After Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld were able to secure classy podium finishes at the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix respectively, the team hasn’t come close to challenging the podium since, amid ongoing suggestions that it’s running short of funds.
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