Jalinier to take over Renault's F1 division
Updated: November 08, 2011, 09:25
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PARIS(AP) Renault says Jean-Michel Jalinier will take over as president of its Formula One division next year.
Jalinier will replace Bernard Rey on Jan. 1 as head of Renault Sport F1, which will supply engines to four teams in 2012 - Renault, Red Bull, Team Lotus and Williams. Renault's F1 team is changing its name to Lotus in 2012, with Team Lotus becoming Caterham.
Jalinier joined Renault in 1985 and will oversee the strategic operations of the F1 division. He became director general of Renault Russia in 2003 and president of Renault do Brasil in 2009.
"We would like to extend a warm welcome to Jean-Michel,'' said Jean-Francois Caubet, the managing director of Renault Sport F1. "His knowledge of the Renault-Nissan group plus his keen interest in Formula One and motorsport will serve us well as we move forward to the next phase of Renault's participation in the sport.''
Rey became president of Renault F1 in 2007 and took charge of Renault Sport F1 when it was created in 2010, helping the French manufacturer regain a leading role as an engine supplier in the sport.