Renault F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul has said that they have not employed ex-FIA Formula 1 technical director Marcin Budkowski just to share information he has acquired from other teams.

The Enstone team caused quite the stir in the paddock when they announced their intention to sign Budkowski, who had the privileged position of learning the intricate details of all the team’s cars in his FIA role.

The likes of Mercedes and Red Bull wanted the move to be blocked for at least a year, but eventually a compromise was reached to put Budkowski on gardening leave until April.

But even with such a stipulation in place, Abiteboul has insisted that Budkowski’s is much more important and wide-ranging than simply revealing valuable information.

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