LONDON (AP) _ Renault is set to appoint Bernard Rey as president
of its Formula One team following the departure of Alain Dassas.
Rey, a senior vice-president with Renault's chief executive
office, has been nominated to the role with the world champion team
because Dassas has been appointed chief financial officer of Nissan.
Rey, who was previously responsible for Nissan's motor sport
teams, will take charge Sept. 17, near the end of the current world
Renault said Tuesday that the changeover will occur with three
races remaining ``to ensure a smooth, stable transition as the team
prepares for 2008.''
Dassas took charge in April 2006 and presided over a second
straight double of drivers' and manufacturers' titles. But star
driver Fernando Alonso left for McLaren after his second
championship title and Renault has slipped from contention this
Renault is without a win after 12 of 17 races and is in fourth
place in the constructors' championship with 36 points, 112 fewer
than leader McLaren.
``The team is preparing to return to the highest level next
season and is well-placed to do so in terms of personnel and
resources,'' Rey said.