Renault F1 team appoints White as operations director

The Renault Formula 1 team has appointed Rob White to the role of operations director and regained Ciaron Pilbeam from McLaren as chief race engineer

Renault F1 team appoints White as operations director

White moves to Enstone from Renault's engine operation at Viry, where he has held deputy managing director and technical director (engine) roles.

Why Renault won't fight for podiums in 2017

Pilbeam spent a year with the team, when it ran under the Lotus banner, before joining McLaren in February 2014.

He has also spent time at Red Bull, where we was race engineer for Christian Klien, Robert Doornbos and Mark Webber, and BAR where he worked with Jacques Villeneuve and Takuma Sato.

There is significant building work being carried out currently at Enstone, while managing director Cyril Abiteboul says the workforce has already increased by 20% since it made Lotus its works outfit 12 months ago.

"Expansion is not the work of a moment so we've been recruiting people through the year and they have been joining us throughout the season," said Abiteboul.

"It's definitely a case of targeting a quality workforce to come join us, but we do require a significant quantity of personnel in Enstone as we grow at a level allowing us to fight against the top teams.

"As part of this I'm happy to confirm that we have two appointments to Enstone's senior management with Rob White (pictured) transferring from Viry-Chatillon as operations director and Ciaron Pilbeam returning to us as chief race engineer.

"In terms of facilities, we are significantly increasing our on-site CNC machining capacity with two new machines in a dedicated building, a new spray and preparation facility is currently being built and we will shortly start extending our main factory building by approximately 800m2 to house the expansion of almost every department at Enstone."

There have also been tweaks at Viry to cope with Renault moving from an engine supplier to a full works team.

"At Viry-Chatillon we've been working on the structure with a process of further evolution to the changes started in the recent past," said Abiteboul.

"This has meant adapting the structure to change from a power unit supplier to part of a full manufacturer entry in addition to continuing as a supplier to other parties, as well as targeted headcount expansion for better control of our skills and talents."

Renault's return to F1 proved challenging, especially given the lateness of the deal being finalised, with the team finishing ninth in the constructors' championship.

But Abiteboul insisted the organisation was aware of this, which is why it focused on using the year to build for the future.

"2016 was always about laying the foundations for the future as we are committed to Formula 1 for the long haul," he said.

"Our 2016 car, the R.S.16, was conceived in an unbelievably short timeframe - literally a couple of weeks - so our focus for this year has been on expansion of headcount and infrastructure and looking to next year and beyond."

shares
comments
Mercedes F1 team won't announce Rosberg's replacement until 2017

Previous article

Mercedes F1 team won't announce Rosberg's replacement until 2017

Next article

Formula 1's 2016 driver ratings

Formula 1's 2016 driver ratings
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Renault F1 Team , Racing Point
Author Lawrence Barretto
The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021
How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again Plus

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again

Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021
Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Plus

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021