Renault Sport F1 has announced two significant changes in its senior leadership ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

As expected following his departure as Team Principal from the recently-sold Caterham F1 Team, Cyril Abiteboul returns to the fold to lead the French engine-maker’s day-to-day F1 operations. Abiteboul had previously served as an executive within Renault Sport F1 before taking on the seemingly insurmountable challenge of turning around Caterham’s fortunes last year.

Also on the move is the company’s President and Managing Director, Jean-Michel Jalinier, who has retired “for personal reasons” – generally that’s an industry euphemism for being shoved out the door. His position at Viry-Châtillon has looked rocky since the beginning of the year, and his departure is hardly a surprise.

Given Renault’s troubled season to-date with its turbo-hybrid engines which have seriously strained relations between Renault and its Nissan-alliance partner Infiniti (title sponsor of Red Bull Racing), some sources in the FIA Media Centre are more surprised that it took them so long to pull the trigger.

Jalinier’s position will be taken over by Jérôme Stoll, who wears the duel hats of Chief Performance Officer and Group Sales & Marketing Director at Renault.

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Richard Bailey

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