Alpine Won’t Be Bringing in Cyril Abiteboul’s Replacement for 2021 F1 Season

Published 03/03/2021, 9:10 AM EST


Renault said goodbye to Cyril Abiteboul as the team transitioned to Alpine for the 2021 Formula One season. However, CEO Laurent Rossi does not have anyone in mind to replace the Frenchman as the team principal.

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Thus, the responsibilities will be split between Marcin Budkowski and Davide Brivio.

In addition, the team’s transformation saw the return of Fernando Alonso, a veteran Spanish driver who will team up with Esteban Ocon for the 2021 season. In their first season, the two drivers aim to propel the French team to new heights.

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Alpine boss says the responsibilities will be divided between the team

Laurent Rossi said, ” Marcin will be in charge of the development of the chassis and the powertrain, so he’ll coordinate the whole development of the car, “Davide will be racing director.”

He added, “So the two of them will work in tandem to extract the best out of the car, that has been designed to put us into the best position in the future. The rest of the team are keeping their existing line structures: to Marcin in Enstone or to myself in Viry.

“It is a bit of a different situation because it’s a new manufacturer if you will, but besides those two lines that I said, the rest stays like it was last year.”

A new journey but the goal remains the same

Alpine had recently launched their car that they would place on the grid for the new year. The new machinery named the A521 will be piloted by the two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, and the exceptional Esteban Ocon.

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The French team is excited as they make their way to the grid in their debut season. Alpine hopes to make an impact in their constructor’s table as they have a lineup that can push the limits and wins some points.

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Alpine’s new creation will hit the ground running once they reach Bahrain for pre-season testing. The car will show its full potential on the opening race set for the 28th of March and battle it out on track 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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