Tavares departure from Renault could impact their F1 programme

Carlos Tavares (third from left) with Red Bull and Renault managers

Carlos Tavares (third from left) with Red Bull and Renault managers

A major senior management reshuffle at Renault could impact the French car-maker’s Formula 1 programme in the future, according to media reports.

Renault, whose racing arm Renault Sport F1 supplies engines to multiple Formula 1 teams including world champions Red Bull, has announced that chief operating officer Carlos Tavares, a big supporter  is stepping down to pursue “personal projects”.

“In order to reinforce Renault’s industrial and commercial performances, an adaptation of the management’s organisation will soon be decided and announced,” Renault added.

A report in the Business Standard reports that motor racing enthusiast Tavares’ exit coincides with “tough times” for Renault’s road car operations “in the European market”.

Another report, this time at Racecar Engineering, added: “It is almost certain that this change of leadership will have some impact on Renault’s motor sport activity.” (GMM)

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