The Renault Sport F1 Team confirmed on Thursday that their former race engineer Ciaron Pilbeam has returned to Enstone as Chief Race Engineer.
Following spells with Red Bull Racing and McLaren Honda, Pilbeam who worked as Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer during the Finn’s time at the Lotus F1 Team. Speaking about the changes at the team for 2017, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul commented by saying:
Expansion is not the work of the moment so we’ve been recruiting people through the year and they have been joining us throughout the season. It’s definitely a case of targeting a quality workforce to come join us, but we do require a significant quantity of personnel in Enstone as we grow at a level allowing us to fight against the top teams. As part of this, I am happy to confirm that we have two appointments to Enstone’s senior management with Rob White transferring from Viry-Chatillon as Operations Director and Ciaron Pilbeam returning to us as Chief Race Engineer.
Renault who bought back the Lotus F1 Team from Gerard Lopez at the end of 2015 finished the 2016 season in ninth place in the championship on eight points.
The Enstone outfit have brought in Nico Hulkenberg from Force India with the Silverstone squad having released the German from his contract a year early while Jolyon Palmer remains with the team for a second season.