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Szafnauer and Permane pay price for Alpine F1 failings

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Alpine have announced today that their Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer will leave his role with the French outfit following the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix.

That is the second major announcement the underperforming French Formula 1 outfit has made since announcing the departure of Laurent Rossi as CEO to be replaced by Phillippe Krief.

Notably Szafnauer was adamant that he was not affected by the departure of Rossi, and that his role will remain as it is, but as it turned out, that was not the case.

The team also announced more personnel leaving with Sporting Director Alan Permane also leaving while Pat Fry will also be on his way out.

Alpine’s Vice President of Motorsport will take over from Szafnauer an interim team boss until a permanent replacement is found.

Alpine F1 Team Press Release

Rossi: The buck stops with Szafnauer

BWT Alpine F1 Team announces today it will part ways with Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer by mutual agreement following the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix.

Otmar will continue his duties as normal for this weekend’s race in Belgium, before leaving the team ahead of the summer break. The team would like to thank Otmar for his hard work over the past 18 months and for leading the team in achieving fourth place in the 2022 Constructors’ Championship. The team wishes him the best for the future.

The team can also confirm it will part ways with Sporting Director Alan Permane by mutual agreement. Alan will also continue his role this weekend in Belgium before departing ahead of the summer break. After 34 distinguished years at Enstone, the team extends its thanks to Alan and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.

The team also announces that Pat Fry will leave the team to continue his career in Formula 1 elsewhere.

Bruno Famin, VP, Alpine Motorsports, will assume the role of Interim Team Principal of BWT Alpine F1 Team from the Dutch Grand Prix onwards. Current Alpine Academy Director Julian Rouse is named Interim Sporting Director, with Matt Harman leading the technical team at Enstone. Both Julian and Matt will report to Bruno Famin.