Nicholas Richard Chester is a Formula One technical director, currently working for Renault. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1991 to join Simtek Research in vehicle simulation, moving to their Formula 1 entry in 1994. He joined Arrows in 1995, first for vehicle simulation then suspension design before becoming Performance Engineer for Damon Hill and Pedro Diniz, then Race Engineer for Mika Salo and Pedro de la Rosa.

In 2000, Chester joined Benetton, as Test Engineer to Alexander Wurz, Giancarlo Fisichella and Mark Webber.

From 2005, Nick took on the position of Head of Vehicle Performance Group, governing suspension, brakes and simulation. In 2010 he was made head of performance systems. From 2012, he was appointed engineering director of Lotus. A year later, he replaced James Allison as the team's Technical Director.

In January 2020 Nick Chester was replaced by Pat Fry at Renault.

Career History[edit | edit source]

Years Team Job Title
1995-2000 Arrows Race Engineer
2000-2001 Benetton Formula Race Engineer
2002-2005 Renault F1 Race Engineer
2005-2010 Renault F1 Head of Vehicle Performance Group
2010-2012 Renault F1 Head of Performance Systems
2012-2013 Lotus F1 Engineering Director
2013-2015 Lotus F1 Technical Director
2016-2019 Renault F1 Technical Director
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