Date: 20th February 2017 at 10:43am
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Pete Machin has been appointed as Renault’s head of aerodynamics, following several years at Red Bull Racing.

He will not officially start his new role with the French manufacturer until July.

Machin comes with an impressive CV having worked on the wind tunnel development at Red Bull Racing, during the period that Sebastian Vettel won four consecutive Formula One World Championships and Red Bull claimed four consecutive Formula One constructors titles.

‘Aerodynamics are obviously a hugely important element of the performance equation so to enlist Pete is a particular highlight of our recent recruitment programme,’ Managing director of Renault Sport Racing Cyril Abiteboul told

‘The latest generation of regulations are, if anything, more aero-crucial than before so to have Pete join us at such a time of exciting evolution will be of the greatest benefit.

‘Pete will fit into our existing structure and we expect to see the fruits of his labours come on stream later in the year. This announcement is tremendously exciting for everyone at Renault Sport Racing.’

Abiteboul clearly feels that Machin can make an immediate impact at Renault if he thinks he will be able to make any real changes to the car during the final few months of the 2017 season.