Renault has appointed former Red Bull man Pete Machin as head of aerodynamics, a role he will begin on July 3 of this year.
Machin previously worked on the wind-tunnel development of Red Bull's championship-winning RB6, RB7, RB8 and RB9 cars, which helped the team dominate the start of the 2010s. Machin had been based in Milton Keynes since the team's days as Jaguar Racing, and had previously been senior CFD engineer at Arrows, where he joined in 1997.
Renault Sport Racing's managing director Cyril Abiteboul said: "We are very pleased to welcome Pete Machin to Enstone. Aerodynamics are obviously a hugely important element of the performance equation so to enlist Pete is a particular highlight of our recent recruitment programme. The latest generation of regulations are, if anything, more aero-crucial than before so to have Pete join us at such a time of exciting evolution will be of the greatest benefit."
"Pete will fit into our existing structure and we expect to see the fruits of his labours come on stream later in the year. This announcement is tremendously exciting for everyone at Renault Sport Racing."
Machin says 2017's regulation changes makes it an exciting time to join a new team and he is convinced he can help Renault return to winning ways in F1.
"It is clear that Renault Sport is serious about mounting a fresh challenge within F1 and I am happy to join the team," Machin said. "Bob Bell headed-up the technical team when Renault last won world championships as a constructor, so I'm very much looking forward to working with him in my new role with that same achievement as the target. I have previously worked closely with both Nick Chester and Ciaron Pilbeam too, so I have good familiarity with some key personnel as well as the aspirations.
"The technical regulation changes for 2017 are the first significant change in four years and will allow F1 cars to achieve greater downforce than at any other time in the history of the sport, so it's a very exciting time to be taking charge of aero development at Renault Sport Racing and I am confident in getting the team back to the sharp end of the grid."
Machin's appointment means the previous head of aerodynamics, Jon Tomlison, has moved down to the role of deputy.