Alpine: Executive director Marcin Budkowski leaves team in latest F1 management shake-up

Marcin Budkowski’s departure confirmed a week after Aston Martin parted company with team boss Otmar Szafnauer; Both Budkowski and Szafnauer have been linked with each other’s former teams; F1 pre-season testing starts in February

Last Updated: 13/01/22 4:37pm

Alpine have confirmed the latest F1 management shake-up during the 2022 pre-season, parting company with executive director Marcin Budkowski.

Budkowski joined the team, then named Renault, back in 2017 and effectively split the team leadership role with racing director Davide Brivio last season, both reporting into CEO Laurent Rossi.

But Rossi will now “temporarily ensure the team’s management” after Alpine announced the departure of Budkowski on Monday, just over a month before the start of pre-season testing.

It is the latest shift behind the scenes in F1 after Aston Martin confirmed Otmar Szafnauer had left their team last week.

Both Budkowski and Szafnauer have been linked with a move to each other’s former teams, who have been midfield rivals in recent years.

“I would like to thank Marcin Budkowski for his commitment and contribution to the team’s results over the last four years,” said Rossi.

“The team is fully focused on getting the car ready for the first race in Bahrain and deliver a step beyond in performance.”

Budkowski added: “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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