Renault has confirmed that former FIA Formula 1 technical chief Marcin Budkowski will join in the role of executive director once his spell of gardening leave is over.

Budkowski tendered his resignation at the FIA last week and was immediately placed on gardening leave, with speculation of a pending move to Renault following in Malaysia.

Teams made no secret of their outrage at the possible move as Budkowski had been their point of reference for any technical questions regarding their car designs, with most believing a longer spell of gardening leave was required to ensure he did not give Renault sensitive knowledge.

Renault issued a statement on Friday confirming Budkowski's upcoming arrival, taking on the role of executive director and overseeing "all chassis development and production activities".

“There have been a lot of positive changes these last few months at Renault Sport Racing with an accelerated expansion at Enstone, the restructuring of our engine deployment from Viry with the supply of two top customer teams for 2018, three titles in a row in an increasingly competitive Formula E championship and other motor racing categories, and the arrival of new strategic partners," Renault motorsport chief Cyril Abiteboul said.

"All of this is happening in a context where the seasons are longer and more intense. It was clear that the Renault Sport Racing management structure needed reinforcing.

"Marcin’s mission will be to continue the strengthening of Enstone to enable Renault to join the top Formula 1 teams by 2020, through relying on the proven personnel of the likes of Bob Bell, Nick Chester and Rob White.

"Marcin’s arrival is excellent news and further proof of our determination to achieve our goals.”


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