Renault F1 team principal Fred Vasseur has resigned from the Enstone-outfit after one season with the team. 

The Frenchman, who joined Renault at the beginning of the 2016 season as part of its restructuring program, was made team principal of the squad last July while Renault F1 chief Cyril Abiteboul moved to a factory role at the Enstone base.

Renault endured a tough return to the sport as a manufacturer and enlisted the help of Vasseur due to his vast success in junior racing categories as head of the ART GP2 and GP3 teams.

It is now understood that Vasseur had a different vision in contrast to senior management about the direction Renault needed to take, and decided that it was better to remove himself from the project.

“After a first season spent relaunching and rebuilding its Formula 1 team, Renault Sport Racing and Frederic Vasseur have agreed by mutual consent to part company, effective as of today,” a statement from Renault said.

“Both parties remain committed to maintaining the good working relationship they have enjoyed and expect this to take a new form sometime in the future.”

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