The RenaultF1 Team confirmed the new appointment of Pete Machin in the role of head of aerodynamics at Enstone. His role will commence on July 3rd. Following this appointment, Jon Tomlinson will become deputy head of aerodynamics and will be under the responsibility of Pete.
Before joining Renault Sport Racing Pete worked as aerodynamicist at Red Bull Racing, where he particularly focused on the development of wind tunnel RB6, RB7, RB8 and RB9 powered by Renault winning the world title.
Pete took office in Milton Keynes at Jaguar Racing in April 2002. He previously held the role of Senior Engineer CFD within Arrows Formula One Team from October 1997 to April 2002 and began his career as an aerodynamics Bombardier Aerospace.
"Renault Sport's serious about his new challenge in F1 is clear and I am delighted to join the team. Bob Bell headed the technical team when Renault won world titles at the manufacturers. I am very eager to work with him. I have worked closely with both Nick Chester with Ciaron Pilbeam, so I have good affinity with key people," Pete Machin, head of aerodynamics Renault Sport Racing said.
“The changes to the technical regulations in 2017 are the first significant changes in four years. They will allow F1 to have more downforce than at any other period in history of the sport. This is a really exciting time to take responsibility for the aerodynamic development of Renault Sport Racing and I am convinced that rapid progress can be made to bring the team to the top of the grid. "
"We are very pleased to welcome Pete Machin at Enstone. Aerodynamics is obviously an extremely important area for performance and enlist is a key step in our recruitment program,” added Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing. “The latter regulation makes it more crucial than ever aerodynamics. See Pete join us at such an important time will be of great interest. Pete will fit perfectly in our structure and we hope to reap the fruits of his work later in the year. This announcement is exciting for everyone at Renault Sport Racing.”