Renault chief Caubet to step down


Renault's Formula 1 engine group is to undertake a management restructure with managing director Jean-Francois Caubet stepping down from his position after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Caubet, who has helped play a key role in establishing the Renault brand in Formula 1 since the French car manufacturer withdrew as a team owner in 2010, is retiring.

AUTOSPORT understands that there are no plans to replace him in the company, and his responsibilities will instead be taken by current president Jean-Michel Jalinier

Caubet originally joined Renault in the 1970s, working in purchasing and financing before moving across to industrial relations. He moved to the marketing department in 1990, before being promoted to head of public relations in 1992.

When Renault re-entered F1 with its own team in 2002, he became marketing and communications director for the outfit, before being promoted to managing director in 2009.

After the departure of the Renault team at the end of 2010 he oversaw the creation of Renault Sport and helped guide it a successful spell as an engine supplier thanks to a partnership with Red Bull.

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