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Renault Confirms Marcin Budkowski Appointment

Renault has finally confirmed that Marcin Budkowski has been appointed as an Executive Director to the ire of rival teams.

Rival teams have been quite unhappy about the period of gardening leave that Budkowski has to serve before taking up his position at Renault. As it stands he has a three month gardening leave period which will end in November. Which means he will be able to start the new year with the Renault F1 Team.

Budkowski previously held the role of FIA Technical Director and was privy to all the teams’ technical secrets and knew details of components that teams work very hard to keep secret.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has spoken about about Budkowski’s gardening leave period and feels that a 12-month gardening leave period should have been more appropriate considering the knowledge Budkowski has obtained about other teams which he can now take to Renault.

Horner has also said that the matter will be raised at the next FIA Strategy Group meeting.

Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director Renault Sport Racing has said that Budkowski will oversee chassis development and other production activities.

““There have been a lot of positive changes these last few months at Renault Sport Racing with an accelerated expansion at Enstone, the restructuring of our engine deployment from Viry with the supply of two top customer teams for 2018, three titles in a row in an increasingly competitive Formula E championship and other motor racing categories, and the arrival of new strategic partners,” said Abiteboul.

“All of this is happening in a context where the seasons are longer and more intense.

“It was clear that the Renault Sport Racing management structure needed reinforcing.

“Marcin’s mission will be to continue the strengthening of Enstone to enable Renault to join the top Formula 1 teams by 2020, through relying on the proven personnel of the likes of Bob Bell, Nick Chester and Rob White.

“Marcin’s arrival is excellent news and further proof of our determination to achieve our goals.”

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