Renault engine guru speaks over split

Renault's former engine chief Jean-Jacques His, who leaves the Formula 1 outfit at the end of this month, has put his departure down to fundamental differences of opinion with team principal Flavio Briatore

Renault engine guru speaks over split

Briatore recently took over control of Renault's engine facility at Viry-Chatilon, as well as the team's Enstone operation in England. His, who was formerly the general manager and technical director at Viry, returned briefly to his earlier role of director of development. He officially leaves the role on May 31.

His, who is rumoured to be taking up a position with Ferrari's production engine department, told French daily sports paper L'Equipe: "I don't share the way my colleagues saw the future for Renault, especially Flavio Briatore, and you can only do this job if you have command of your own choices. I didn't think we were proceeding in the right way and I preferred to leave with my own convictions.

"With the technical capital that the team has, and the experience, there is a way I would like to have followed. This car [the R23] should win. There are different compromises to be made but it was not mine that were being adopted."

His also said that he was disappointed to read a number of criticisms of the engine department from other areas of the team, and said: "The best way forward is to encourage and not to criticise."

He claimed that decisions being made about the engine call into question a lot more than just the wide vee angle of its radical V10.

"I don't leave with small regrets," he added, "but big ones."

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