Jalinier departs, Abiteboul joins in Renault shuffle

Cyril Abiteboul

Cyril Abiteboul

Renault announced management changes at their Formula 1 operation, with president and managing director Jean-Michel Jalinier retiring. His previous job has now been split in two.

Cyril Abiteboul, who was principal of the Caterham team the sale of which was announced on Wednesday to a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, will take on the role of managing director of Renault Sport F1. He will report to new president Jerome Stoll.

Cyril Abiteboul is a graduate of the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble. He joined Renault in 2001 and was named development director of Renault F1 Team in 2007, before becoming executive director in 2010.

In September 2012, Cyril Abiteboul moved to the Formula 1 team Caterham as general manager.

Jalinier, who reported directly to Renault president and chief executive Carlos Ghosn, was appointed managing director of Renault Sport in 2012.

Renault currently supply four teams with engines, including champions Red Bull, but have come under fire after starting the new V6 turbo hybrid era down on performance compared to Mercedes.

Red Bull principal Christian Horner last month declared the reliability and performance of the Renault engines to be unacceptable. (Reuters)