Renault's Formula One engine programme has a new chief, following the appointment of Robert White as technical director for the department.

Formerly chief engineer at renowned engine builder Cosworth - which provides powerplants for Jaguar, Jordan and Minardi in F1 - the 38-year old assumed control of all technical activities at Renault's Viry-Ch?tillon engine base from 1 January, and will work alongside deputy managing director Bernard Dudot at the French site.

"We are delighted to welcome an engineer of Rob's calibre to the team at Viry," MD Flavio Briatore commented, "His appointment is another key step as we build towards challenging for the world championship."

Renault is due to launch its 2004 challenger - the R24 complete with 'conventional' V10 - in Palermo on Thursday 29 January.



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