Rob White (Formula One)

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Robert White
Born (1965-07-15) 15 July 1965 (age 54)[1]
OccupationDeputy Managing Director (technical)
EmployerRenault Sport F1

Robert White (born 15 July 1965) is a Formula One engineer from England. As of 2011, he is deputy managing director (technical) at Renault Sport F1.


White was born in Camblesforth, North Yorkshire. After leaving school he worked for Jaguar Cars, who agreed to sponsor him to take a mechanical engineering course at Southampton University. White graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1987.[2] Upon graduating, White responded to an advertisement from Cosworth Racing Limited and was hired as a development engineer for their IndyCar project, working under Chief Engineer Steve Miller.[3]

In 1990, White was promoted to the position of senior development engineer. In 1993 he moved to California as track support manager for Cosworth USA.

In 1997, White returned to England and worked as chief engineer to Cosworth's Formula One operations.[4] In 2003, three years before Ford left Formula One and a year before Cosworth was sold to Kevin Kalkhoven, White left Cosworth. The following year he moved to the Renault F1 team to act as engine technical director[5] alongside Bob Bell (chassis technical director).

In April 2005, White was promoted to deputy managing director of the engine operations at Renault F1, following the departure of Bernard Dudot. This meant moving to Renault's engine department located in Viry-Châtillon, France. At the time of his appointment, White did not speak French despite being required to lead a predominantly French workforce.[6] He also retained his role as technical director.[7]

Today, he continues working in the engine factory at Viry, now called Renault Sport F1.[8]


  1. ^ Gregoire, François-Michel (2006). Who Works in Formula One. Who Works Sports Publications. p. 271. ISBN 1-901711-42-0.
  2. ^ Haney, Paul (1995). "Interview with Rob White". Inside Racing Technology.
  3. ^ "An interview with Rob White". Unofficial Renault Rockets. Durham Associates Group. 2007-08-10.
  4. ^ "Renault go for Mr White". Inside F1, Inc. 2004-01-06.
  5. ^ "People: Rob White". Inside F1, Inc.
  6. ^ "A short cut for Renault". Inside F1, Inc. 2004-01-06.
  7. ^ "Promotion for White at Renault". Formula One Administration Ltd. 2005-03-16.
  8. ^ "Rob White - Toutes les activités de Renault en F1 - RENAULT SPORT". Retrieved 2012-03-05.

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