Former Aston Martin boss Otmar Szafnauer has been confirmed as the new Alpine boss. Alpine has confirmed speculation about changing the position of team leader as part of a team management overhaul. In addition to the arrival of Szafnauer, Bruno Famin - former FIA Deputy Secretary-General of Sport will join the team as the team's executive director.
Both will apply to Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi, who has led the Formula One team program since Renault was rebranded for the 2021 season. Davide Brivio, who joined Alpina from the Suzuki Moto GP team in 2021, has also been appointed team director of racing expansion programs to oversee all Alpine programs across all international motorsports, such as Formula 1 and the Alpine Academy.
Szafnauer, who was the former head of the team at Racing Point before their change to Aston Martin last season, left them in early January. Otmar wants to help Alpina achieve its goal of winning the title in 100 races since their rebranding.
"I am delighted to join the F1 Alpine team, and I am ready to work with everyone to achieve our goals: to lead the team to the title fight within the next 100 races. My attention will be focused on preparing for the start of the upcoming season in Bahrain.
As one of three Formula One car manufacturers, Alpine is fully equipped to achieve its ambitions, and I can't wait to get started. "
Laurent Rossi on the team
Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi said the team has now "completed" its management with the announced restructuring.
"With the joining of Otmar and Bruno, we are rising to a new level for 2022. Otmar will contribute his unique motorsport experience and his uncompromising desire to win, while Bruna's proven success in making technologies that make a difference in competition and their consequent impact on cars is critical to this project as a sports team and brand.
" "Over the past year, I've seen David's talent for recognizing the best in people and forcing them to do the best they can. I am grateful to be able to use this unique skill in all previous and upcoming parts of Alpine.
Our driver lineup is complete and ready to lead the team to its ambitious 2022 lens. ” Alpine has scheduled the unveiling of its 2022 car on Monday, ahead of the first test on Wednesday in Barcelona. The team kept its driving duo, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, from last season in which they finished fifth in the constructors ’championship after taking victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.