Renault team principal Fredric Vasseur is to leave the team after just one season it has been announced this morning.
Highly successful in the junior formulae, including leading ART in GP2, Vasseur was brought in under the companies restructure of motorsport which including the redevelopment of the Formula One team.
Rumours suggested at the end of the season that Vasseur would leave, when Esteban Ocon lost out on the second seat at the team, with the Frenchman losing out in the power struggle. Vasseur was said to be a great advocate of the youngsters talents, bringing him in as reserve driver in 2016, before he gained a drive at Manor thanks to Mercedes.
“After a first season spent re-launching and rebuilding its Formula 1 team, Renault Sport Racing and Frederic Vasseur have agreed by mutual consent to part company, effective as of today.
“Both parties remain committed to maintaining the good working relationship they have enjoyed and expect this to take a new form sometime in the future.
“The outlook of Renault’s second season back in Formula 1, as well as the resources implemented to meet them, will be set out in detail at the presentation of the team’s new race car.
“Renault Sport Racing and the Formula 1 team continue to be managed by Jerome Stoll, its president, and Cyril Abiteboul, its managing director.”
With the driver market nearly settled, depending on the outcome at Manor, a number of team personnel changes have taken place over the winter. Pat Symonds leaving Williams, Paddy Lowe leaving Mercedes, Ron Dennis leaving McLaren with Zak Brown joining.