Alpine have released a statement confirming that Marcin Budkowski has left his role as executive director and the team.
The Polish engineer began his association with the team when he was named executive technical director of the Renault F1 outfit, remaining with the team as they morphed into Alpine for 2021.
In January of that year, he was also made a director of the team.
But news has now broke that effective immediately, Budkowski and Alpine have gone their separate ways, with CEO of Alpine Laurent Rossi now temporarily in charge of team management.
Couple of bits of breaking news…
1. The FIA has confirmed they have started their 'detailed analysis' of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.https://t.co/dIyHYIQezx
2. Marcin Budkowski has left his executive director role at Alpine with immediate effect.https://t.co/l5UWcSyUyY #F1 pic.twitter.com/1Amv4nZnYO
— PlanetF1 (@Planet_F1) January 13, 2022
In a statement, Budkowski said: “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.”
Rossi added: “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.”
The announcement from Alpine comes a week after Aston Martin confirmed the departure of their team boss Otmar Szafnauer, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Alpine.
With Budkowski now moving on from the French manufacturer, that adds greater credibility to the talk that Szafnauer could be on his way to the team.
Alpine enjoyed a decent first season in Formula 1, finishing P5 in the Constructors’ Championship with Esteban Ocon claiming victory at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, both his and Alpine’s first Formula 1 victory.
Ocon remains with the team for 2022, as does Fernando Alonso.
Alpine hope that the new regulations, and also a new power unit from Renault, will provide them with the opening to work their way up the Formula 1 pecking order as of the upcoming season.
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