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GP Week : Issue 127
11 F1 NEWS >> For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... THE announcement that former FIA powertrain boss Gilles Simon would be taking up a new role for engine manufacturer PURE caused ructions in the Budapest paddock. Part of Simon’s remit for the FIA involved overseeing engine development technology for the 2014 specification change, and there is concern among engine manufacturers that his FIA knowledge will hand an advantage to the competition. The news of Simon’s new role was a hot topic in the Friday press conference in the Budapest paddock, where Renault Sport F1 deputy managing director Rob White voiced his concerns. “O f 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,” White said. “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.” In the past FIA officials – including race director Charlie Whiting – have been blocked from taking on new roles with teams amid concerns that their new employers could benefit from the access to proprietary information given to the FIA. “It’s a very complicated sport,” White explained. “In order that the technical and sporting regulations can be administered successfully, then we require the governing body to have good people and they probably require to have access to the teams, and therefore there’s an obvious risk that needs to be managed, if the same people can crop up in a different shirt very shortly afterwards.” FIA’s Gilles Simon moves to PURE