Alpine Executive Director Says the Departure of Abiteboul Was Surprising

Published 03/06/2021, 10:47 AM EST
NUERBURG, GERMANY – Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)


As Renault was morphing into Alpine for the 2021 season, they had to make some personnel changes, particularly by parting ways with the team principal, Cyril Abiteboul. The decision of letting go of the French principal was a shock to the team according to Alpine’s race director, Marcin Budkowski.

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However, the team have not yet hired someone to replace Abiteboul. Instead, they have decided to divide the operations between the executive director, Budkowski, and racing director, Davide Brivio.

Abiteboul dismissal by Alpine was a surprise says, Budkowski

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Marcin Budkowski said, “It obviously was a surprise and a shock to everyone when we found out,” Budkowski revealed.“But we were ready for the season anyway, the project was very committed.”

NUERBURG, GERMANY – Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

He added, “Cyril, in his role, had been struggling to come to Enstone regularly anyway, thanks to COVID. His presence or absence didn’t change the commitment of the project.”Then we’ve had a new management team in place, Laurent [Rossi]‘s arrival was announced.”

Different look, same fight

The French team will dawn new colors when they start on the grid for the upcoming season. Moreover, their driver lineup has a new addition as well.

With Daniel Ricciardo leaving the team after last season to join McLaren, Spanish driver, Fernando Alonso has taken over his seat. The 39-year-old will feature alongside Esteban Ocon for the upcoming year.

The talented duo will hope to take Alpine to the front of the grid where they have a shot at the championship.

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The French team are staying optimistic for the new season, as they are fielding one of the best-looking cars this season, hoping it can perform once the lights go out.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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