New Renault F1 boss quits before starting work

  • 19 Jan 2019 11:56
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  • By: Richard Fletcher

Thierry Koskas who was appointed president of Renault Sport in November has parted with the French company before he started his new position. The company made the announcement 18 days after he had been due to start in the role. 

The surprise departure will have no impact on the team as it will continue under the same leadership. President Jerome Stroll will delay his retirement and the managing director and team boss Cyril Abiteboul will continue as he was before. 

A spokesperson for Renault did not elaborate on Koskas' departure but stressed that it would not affect the team. Koskas had attended the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the end of last years season on a fact finding mission for the team but had not undertaken any work for them.

Renault is optimistic for a return to top level form for 2019 with the signing of Daniel Ricciardo to partner Nico Hulkenberg.  Marcin Budkowski, the executive director of Renault F1 was quoted saying that after three years of preparation the team was now ready to attack. 

The F1 teams parent company is also currently under scrutiny as the chief executive Carlos Ghosn is currently in detention in Tokyo, over alleged financial irregularities from a joint venture between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. 

Ghosn who denies all wrongdoing was key to Renault's return to F1 when they took over the Enstone team in 2016. He is being held on charges of aggravated breach of trust, understating his income and under-reporting his pay.

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  • blade

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    As is too common these days - half a story - why has Koskas not joined-up? Really hoping this isn't to do with money/budgetary issues that could undermine a strong challenge this year.

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    • Jan 19 2019 - 12:11
    • mcbhargav

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      Im very sure, its exactly related to the budget. Renault lifting the championship is becoming little harder by day. Hope they they dont throw in the towel to risk hundreds of jobs in Enstone.

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      • Jan 19 2019 - 18:38
  • Ghosn's current legal woes is concerning, to say the least. I wonder how much this could impact their F1 entry.

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    • Jan 19 2019 - 14:41

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