Renault tweaks aero chief lineup

Tue, 26 June 2007, 09:40

F1 team Renault has tweaked the lineup of its aerodynamics department, as Pat Symonds announced that the “tide is turning” following a difficult start to the 2007 season.

Renault won the world championships in 2005 and 2006 with Fernando Alonso at the wheel but this season with the R27 car fell behind the leading trio Ferrari, McLaren and even BMW-Sauber.

Engineering veteran Symonds said this week, however, that Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen are now hot on BMW’s heels, having pulled out of the midfield over the last few races.

“We take a lot of comfort from the fact that after a poor start to the year, we are pulling it back so rapidly,” the Briton insisted.

Coinciding with the positive trend, aerodynamics chief Dino Toso has been promoted to lead Renault’s new CFD centre at Enstone, with former deputy technical director James Allison moving in to head the wind tunnel.

“We believe this is the right time to make the change to ensure that our work for 2008 progresses at full speed, while the team in the wind tunnel continues to push forward with development for the remainder of the 2007 season,” technical director Bob Bell said.

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