F1 News: Alpine Confirms Bruno Famin as Team Principal

Published 02/07/2024, 1:02 PM EST

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Otmar Szafnauer decided to leave Alpine by mutual agreement after the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix. After that, there have been speculations about who will fill in his seat. While looking for a new Team Principal, the team appointed Bruno Famin as the Interim. But there was no confirmed future for the role.

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After second-guessing and endless rumors of who would become the Team Principal of Alpine, Famin was given the permanent role for the job. Although there have been many speculations about Former Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto taking on the role, Alpine has confirmed Famin to take up the role.

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After finding themselves at the tail of McLaren, Alpine has decided to take a step up and fix Bruno Famin for the role. The fact that Bruno has experience with the team since 2023 and has also been a part of the FIA board makes him a strong candidate to bring Alpine more points in the 2024 season.

Although Bruno Famin just became the Team Principal, he was the CEO in charge of engine development for the Alpine F1 Team since February 2022.

What was Alpine planning before taking on Bruno Famin for the Team Principal?

To make things clear, it was not only Otmar Szafnauer who left their role at Alpine. Another member to leave was Long-time Sporting Director Alan Permane. As the two left Alpine before the 2024 season, the team has a few places to fill up. Now that Bruno Famin has been permanently set as the Team Principal, all rumors of Mattia Binotto being the new boss of Alpine have been debunked.

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Back in August 2023, according to what Leo Turrini wrote in the L’Auto Journal, Mattia Binotto was preparing to take on the role of the Team Principal of Alpine, but as it looks, things didn’t work out that way for the team. Instead, Bruno Famin, who was placed as a temporary fill-in for the role, has been given the chair to manage the team.

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But before while Famin was in the interim, Turrini stated “In France, they say that Binotto already has the agreement with Alpine. I wouldn’t be surprised and I wrote it.” He continued to state, “I have known Mattia for almost 30 years. He is a smart guy, perhaps undermined by an excess of self-esteem.” Turrini further said “He had the Ferrari [team] in hand for a few years, it was his dream come true. Other dreams, however, have failed, also due to his own responsibility.”

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With the way things are looking for Alpine, they have the potential to do better in the 2024 season. With a few line-up changes, the team still has most of the core members intact. That being said, do you think Alpine will have a better season than 2023 this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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