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Renault change directors after Lotus takeover - Abiteboul returns to Enstone and complains about the engine regulations

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Renault change directors after Lotus takeover
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The team based at Enstone is gradually shedding any reminder of its former life as Lotus and returning to its Renault roots. The upper levels of management have been altered, with Cyril Abiteboul returning to the fold along with Renault’s finance director Thierry Cognet. The moves happened in late December, and have pushed out Eric Lux from Genii Capital.

The FIA still have the team down as Lotus in the entry list, although that is subject to change.

Abiteboul has been with Renault through their tenancy as engine suppliers, and knows his way around an F1 power unit. He’s not happy with the current state of things, saying: “I’m not completely convinced we have the engine regulations that are completely fit for purpose for the model of modern F1… for the show, for the cost, also noise and serviceability, so on and so forth.”

Of course Renault’s poor performance with Red Bull in 2015 was a huge talking point, so you have to take Cyril’s opinion with something of a pinch of salt.