Faustus wrote:dr-baker wrote:Gilles Simon, formerly of Ferrari and latterly of the FIA constructing the 2014 engine rules, is to join PURE.
Interesting. This finally gives some credibility to this project. I still don't get where the initial funding is supposed to come from, but from now on I'll actually pay attention to the PURE thing.
What is also interesting is that Simon's announcement has caused a fairly sizeable backlash amongst the current engine manufacturers - it appears that Simon might have had access to some of the preliminary engine data and information on the development cycles. In particular, it seems that Renault are very concerned, having had an especially close partnership with Simon:
"Of course, it's of concern to all of us that in this close relationship with Gilles and the FIA over the past year, 18 months, that we've given unprecedented access to Gilles – we certainly have at Renault and I believe all of the engine companies have done so, particularly in respect of the state of progress in our respective engine development programmes alongside the rules package.
"And so, of course, we would be most concerned to be reassured that information to which Gilles has had access to in those very privileged circumstances as a representative of the FIA is not used in his new capacity as an employee of a competitor."
All things considered, it does seem a clumsy move - poaching a senior FIA official who has had access to the other teams development was always going to be a sensitive issue, and the concerns that Renault are coming out with do raise the possibility of a bit of industrial espionage...