Alpine and Marcin Budkowski part ways
Executive director Marcin Budkowski has left Renault-owned Alpine Formula 1 team, where he effectively led day-to-day operations, with immediate effect.
A press release from Alpine said: “Alpine F1 Team and Marcin Budkowski, Executive Director of Alpine F1 Team, today announced their decision to end their collaboration effective January 13, 2022.”
Alpine also said in a statement Thursday that chief executive Laurent Rossi would step in temporarily to ensure preparations for next season run smoothly.
Budkowski has been linked with rivals Aston Martin, whose manager Otmar Szafnauer left this month amid speculation over a move to Alpine.
“I would like to thank Marcin Budkowski for his commitment and contribution to the team’s results over the past four years,” said Rossi.
“The team is fully focused on preparing the car for the first race in Bahrain and on overtaking the performance.”
Budkowski said: “I really enjoyed being part of the Renault and then Alpine F1 Team management team, working with such a talented and dedicated group of people.
“I will follow with emotion the progress of the Teams over the coming seasons,” he concluded.
Alpine finished the 2021 F1 season fifth behind McLaren, with Esteban Ocon handing the team its maiden win at the 2021 Hungarian GP and veteran Spanish Fernando Alonso securing a third-place finish at the 2021 Qatar GP.
The team is looking to step forward in 2022 under the new regulations with the season-opening race scheduled for March 20. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Additional reports by GP247)