There’s been a big reshuffle in Renault’s senior management, with the group’s chief operating officer, Carlos Tavares (pictured),
getting the sack leaving the company “to pursue other personal projects”, a media release states .
The company’s chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, will assume Tavares’ role until a replacement is found.
Gossip within the world of Formula 1 has suggested that Ghosn and Tavares have been far from friends. Ghosn has been a very powerful figure within Renault’s ranks since he joined the company in 1996, moving to Renault’s Nissan arm in 1999 where he was credited with turning around the Japanese carmaker’s fortunes in a very short amount of time.
Ghosn’s results saw him promoted to the position of Renault’s president and CEO in 2005.
Quite how this news affects Renault’s participation in Formula 1 remains to be seen. Ghosn is a keen supporter of the company’s role in the sport, although there are suggestions that it is looking to increase its visibility in the sport.
Despite supplying over a third of the grid with its engines, Renault has had limited visibility in the sport since it sold its bespoke F1 team to Lotus in the wake of the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix scandal. While it has focused its efforts on engine supply deals with its old team, as well as with Red Bull Racing – with whom is looks certain to win four successive Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles this year – the brand gets very little recognition for its efforts.
We would not be surprised to learn of an increased investment from Renault into Lotus’ operation in the near future…