Following the departure of Cyril Abiteboul in early 2021, Alpine faces another change as their Executive Director Marcin Budkowski has left the team.
The Pole joined the Enstone-based outfit after leaving his FIA post in 2017 and was handed the executive technical director initially when he started working for the team, before stepping up to a bigger role when Abiteboul exited.
The highlight of his time as with Alpine came at the Hungarian Grand Prix last year when Esteban Ocon scored a memorable win; the first for the Enstone squad since Kimi Räikkönen’s win at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.
In a statement posted by Alpine, they said: "Alpine F1 Team and Marcin Budkowski, Executive Director of Alpine F1 Team, announced today their decision to end their collaboration as of January 13th 2022."
"Laurent Rossi will temporarily ensure the team’s management to allow everyone to focus on the next season’s preparation.”
It is expected that Otmar Szafnauer, who recently left Aston Martin, is going to take the reins at Alpine. Budkowski could be heading in the other direction.
"I would like to thank Marcin Budkowski for his commitment and contribution to the team’s results over the last four years. The team is fully focused on getting the car ready for the first race in Bahrain and deliver a step beyond in performance."
"I truly enjoyed being part of the leadership team of Renault then Alpine F1 Team, working with such a talented and dedicated group of people. I will be watching the Teams’ progress fondly in the seasons to come."
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