Last year the Renault Sport F1 Team had one of its drivers change on the eve of the new season. This year, it has its team principal depart.
Renault confirmed Wednesday its team principal Frederic Vasseur, who was only in the role for one year but was key in recruiting Nico Hulkenberg to Renault from Force India, would be leaving the team.
Vasseur and Renault depart by “mutual consent” according to the team statement released. No new team principal has been named, Renault instead only choosing to name the remaining members of its F1 leadership team.
Here’s the release:
Renault Sport Racing announces that Frédéric Vasseur is leaving his role as Team Principal of the Renault Sport Formula One Team.
After a first season spent relaunching and rebuilding its Formula 1 team, Renault Sport Racing and Frédéric Vasseur have agreed by mutual consent to part company, effective as of today.
Both parties remain committed to maintaining the good working relationship they have enjoyed and expect this to take a new form sometime in the future.
The outlook of Renault’s second season back in Formula 1, as well as the resources implemented to meet them, will be set out in detail at the presentation of the team’s new race car.
The Renault Sport Racing and the Formula 1 team continue to be managed by Jérôme Stoll, its President, and Cyril Abiteboul, its Managing Director.