Mercedes engine man heads to Renault

Renault has announced its recruitment of Mercedes Head of Powertrain Integration and Transmission Design, Matthew Harman.

Harman is joining the Renault team from 1 September and will start as Deputy Chief Designer, assisting Chief Designer Martin Tolliday in the design of future cars, as the French outfit seeks to consolidate its performance world championship.

Harman brings a wealth of motorsport experience, most recently from his years at Mercedes AMG F1, where he served as Head of Powertrain Integration and Transmission Design. In this role he ensured seamless integration between the power unit, transmission and chassis.

“Over the past three years Bob Bell has been leading the charge for the team to reinforce its technical line-up,” said Cyril Abiteboul. “We are delighted to have attracted someone of Matthew’s calibre to enable the team to anticipate on the design cycle of future cars, a crucial benefit, something we are currently missing since the team’s acquisition and that will become even more important with the upcoming changes planned for 2021.”