His unhappy about Renault split

Renault's head of engine development Jean-Jacques His, who is leaving the team at the end of this month, is unhappy about his departure and claims differences of opinion between himself and team boss Flavio Briatore are mostly to blame. His...

Renault's head of engine development Jean-Jacques His, who is leaving the team at the end of this month, is unhappy about his departure and claims differences of opinion between himself and team boss Flavio Briatore are mostly to blame.

His joined Renault in 1973 and was instrumental in the titles won by the manufacturer in the nineties but he is leaving because he doesn't agree with the way the team is heading.

"I don't share the way my colleagues see the future for Renault, especially Flavio Briatore, and you can only do this job if you have command of your own choices," His told French newspaper L'Equipe. "I didn't think we were proceeding in the right way and I preferred to leave with my own convictions."

"With the technical capital that the team has, and the experience, there is a way I would like to have followed. This car (the R23) should win. There are different compromises to be made but it was not mine that were being adopted."

In the twenty years he spent with Renault, His started as calculations engineer then progressed to head of diesel engine development. In the eighties he was responsible for engine development for Renault Sport but he also spent two years as head of Ferrari's engine department.

His departure from Renault has sparked speculation that he will return to Ferrari. After twenty years with Renault, His is bitter about leaving: "I don't leave with small regrets but big ones," he commented.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Flavio Briatore
Teams Ferrari