Nick Chester

Renault Sport Formula One Team Chassis Technical Director

Nick graduated from Cambridge in 1991 to join Simtek Research in vehicle simulation, moving to their Formula 1 entry in 1994. He joined Arrows Grand Prix in 1995, first for vehicle simulation then suspension design before becoming Performance Engineer for Damon Hill and Pedro Diniz (’97) then Race Engineer for Mika Salo and Pedro de la Rosa (’98-’99).

In 2000 his Enstone career began, joining Benetton as Test Engineer to Alexander Wurz, Giancarlo Fisichella and Mark Webber. He later became Performance Engineer for Fisichella (’01) then Jarno Trulli (’02-’04) ; helping the Italian to his first and only Grand Prix victory in Monaco in 2004.

From 2005 Nick took on the position of Head of Vehicle Performance Group, governing suspension, brakes and simulation. VPG played a key role in bringing both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships back to Enstone in the 2005 / 2006 seasons and introducing the ‘tuned mass damper’ system that would prove a major innovation of the period.

In 2010 he became Head of Performance Systems, overseeing the VPG as well as Control Systems and Dyno operations. Additionally he oversaw the planning and introduction of Enstone’s driver in the loop simulator. From 2011 Nick was Engineering Director, responsible for planning and delivery of the race winning E20 and E21. 2013 saw Nick step up to Technical Director and responsibility for design direction and development of E21, E22, E23 and R.S.16.

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