Welcome to F1Minute, it’s the 13th August 2008.
Sad news today, the former director of aerodynamics at Renault, Dino Toso has died aged 39. He joined the team in 2000, and left in June this year, and he passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. Toso was instrumental in the Renault campaign that saw them win two World Championships, and the team have paid their respects, saying: “His contribution to the team, both through his results and his courage in the face of illness, are an inspiration. He will be missed enormously and the immediate thoughts of the whole team are with his family.”
In other Renault-related news, their engine partners Mecachrome have blamed the engine freeze in Formula 1 as part of their financial problems. The company is much less involved with the engines now, and attributes it’s recent quarter losses of $17.5 million to delays in the aerospace industry but also the homologation regulations.
That’s it for today, please join me again tomorrow for another F1Minute.
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