Thursday, 21 January, 2021


Renault Formula One team principal Abiteboul leaves team

Renault F1 boss Abiteboul to leave team ahead of Alpine shake-up Abiteboul leaves Renault and will not lead Alpine in 2021
Conrad Doyle | 13 January, 2021, 02:47

Rossi will report directly to Renault CEO Luca de Meo.

Davide Brivio, the former boss of Moto GP team Suzuki, is also expected to join to Alpine stable in some capacity.

It was expected Abiteboul would shift to a less-Formula 1 focused role concentrating on Renault's performance brand Alpine and its planned growth in 2021, which aligned with the renaming of the Renault F1 Team.

Renault past year announced plans to cut about 15,000 jobs, shrink production and restructure French plants in a bid to save 2 billion euros.

"The solid foundations of the racing team and the entities in France and England built over these years, the strategic evolutions of the sport towards a more economically sustainable model, and more recently the Alpine project which provides meaning and momentum renewed, let foresee a very good trajectory".

He said, "I thank Luca de Meo for being involved with the construction of the Alpine business unit and I wish from the bottom of my heart the success of the new structure that he can claim".

He returned to Renault as managing director and played a key role in the French auto manufacturer's return to F1 as a works team in 2016.

"I would like to thank the Renault group over these many years, especially for rebuilding and rebuilding the team since 2016", explains Cyril Abitboul.

De Meo thanked Abiteboul for transitioning the team from backmarkers to podium winners in the space of five seasons.

Abiteboul pulled off what was considered a masterstroke for Renault by convincing Daniel Ricciardo to make his high-profile, big-money move from Red Bull in what appeared at the time to be a signing that reflected its aims to take the next step, but a disappointing 2019 campaign left the French manufacturer falling well behind on its targets.

With three podium finishes last season on the way to finishing fifth in the constructors' championship and Alonso in their seat for the upcoming calendar, Renault can hope to improve upon the achievements of the leadership of Abiteboul while going forward with a new face at the helm.

"His remarkable work in F1 since 2007 allows us to look into the future, with a strong team to win the podium this year and the recognition of the new Alpine F1 team".

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