AlphaTauri has announced major changes in its leadership structure, with team principal Franz Tost set to step down at the end of the 2023 season. Tost has overseen the Faenza-based squad in its various guises since joining Minardi as team principal in 2006, and had led them to two victories. The move from Tost comes as a response to the team’s recent downturn in form, with AlphaTauri hoping to produce better results under a new leadership team. Taking Tost’s place will be Laurent Mekies, who will return to the team after a stint at Ferrari.
Bayer, who previously served as the FIA‘s executive director, was appointed as the AlphaTauri CEO. Bayer will join the team later this season, and his role will focus on directing the team’s performance in Italy and the UK. Tost will continue to be associated with the team as a consultant even after stepping down as team principal.
Mekies, meanwhile, was Toro Rosso’s race engineer and head of vehicle performance before joining the FIA as Deputy Race Director and Safety Director. The Frenchman was touted as a possible successor to the late Charlie Whiting before moving to Ferrari as Sporting Director.
Tost expressed gratitude to Red Bull‘s Dietrich Mateschitz for giving him the opportunity to manage Scuderia Toro Rosso and Scuderia AlphaTauri for 18 years. With Mekies as team principal and Bayer as CEO, Tost believes they will be able to elevate AlphaTauri to the next level. Mekies also thanked Tost for his leadership and expressed his excitement about returning to the team he once worked for during his early career.
For his part, Bayer is looking forward to working alongside Laurent as AlphaTauri continues to build on its strengths in the UK and Italy. He is optimistic that the team has all the resources and talented personnel necessary for success in the coming years.
The leadership changes are clearly positioned towards revitalizing the team and addressing its recent poor performance. AlphaTauri hopes that the addition of Mekies and Bayer in key roles will help set the team on the path to future success.