Renault have reacted to a poor start to the 2019 Formula One season by announcing several high-profile changes to their senior structure, including the addition on a former Ferrari and Mercedes specialist.
The French manufacturer has endured a torrid time this season and has yet to see both drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg complete a race together.
Renault have suffered five retirements already to their works team drivers as well as the two engine-related retirements customer team McLaren have had.
Renault’s F1 team are under pressure for those above to deliver given the huge financial investment made in the team, and Ricciardo, in their bid to close the gap on the top three after being ‘best of the rest’ last year.
As part of that Christophe Mary, who was a senior figure at Ferrari’s most dominant era between 1994 and 2007 and then in a similar role at Mercedes for four years after that.
He will join Renault in August as director of engineering.
The change comes after team principal Cyril Abiteboul admitted that Renault’s results had fallen “short of expectations”.
F1 heads to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend where traditionally a number of teams make big upgrades which shape the rest of the season.
“The start of the European segment of the 2019 Formula 1 season is an opportunity for us to reset,” said Abiteboul. “Overall, it’s been a tough start to the year and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix capped off a run of results that fell short of our expectations.
“We know we are capable of much more and we need to target clean weekends and races to make the most of our potential.
“To do so, we have work to do on all sides of our operation; chassis and engine on and off track, and work with the drivers to allow them to reach their respective capacities. We are motivated as ever to strive for more and we aim for a full recovery in competitiveness in Spain.
“We know that the midfield is tight, but this also creates opportunities. We’ve seen that fortunes can change in an instant so we go to Barcelona hungry to get our season campaign going.”