McLaren has successfully overtaken Alpine in the constructors’ championship after both cars failed to finish the British Grand Prix. Alpine has also faced criticism off-track, with CEO Laurent Rossi describing the team’s performances as “unacceptable” and “amateurish” at the Miami Grand Prix. As a result, Alpine has decided to move F1 engine chief Bruno Famin into a new role as VP of Alpine Motorsports. This move is not a reaction to the team’s current performance, but rather a recognition that Rossi cannot fully focus on both Alpine‘s motorsport programs and its goals in the automotive sector. Famin will now oversee the F1 team and other motorsport ventures, while Szafnauer will report to him instead of Rossi. Famin believes this change will improve Alpine‘s results by simplifying the reporting structure and ensuring a dedicated focus on success.
Famin made it clear that his new role is aimed at achieving Alpine‘s ambitious goals, including developing the brand, launching new products, expanding into new territories, and attracting new investors. He emphasized that while F1 is a crucial part of Alpine‘s motorsport programs, it is not the sole focus. Alpine also competes in Le Mans and endurance racing with the goal of winning titles, not just fighting in the midfield. Famin stated that the new organizational structure will allow Alpine to work more efficiently and increase its chances of reaching its goals across all motorsport programs, including nurturing young drivers.
Despite Rossi’s criticisms, Famin believes the team is now performing better and everyone is working hard to avoid mistakes and provide the drivers with the best possible car. He also reassured that Alpine‘s 100-race plan, which aims to make the team a regular podium challenger within the next year, remains unchanged. Famin expressed confidence in Alpine‘s roadmap and emphasized that the restructuring is intended to increase the team’s chances of success.
Famin also made it clear that he won’t overstep his role or micromanage Szafnauer. Each person, including Famin and Szafnauer, will have their own responsibilities within the organization. Famin’s new role will primarily focus on executing infrastructure and development improvements necessary to reach Alpine‘s 100-race target. He emphasized the importance of a dedicated approach and daily involvement to push for progress and help the team achieve its objectives. With a development project in progress at both Enstone and Viry, Famin’s full-time dedication to the project will facilitate its realization and drive the team’s continuous improvement.
In conclusion, Alpine‘s decision to move Bruno Famin into a new role as VP of Alpine Motorsports is not a reactionary move. Instead, it is a strategic decision to ensure the team’s motorsport programs receive the necessary attention while allowing Rossi to focus on Alpine‘s goals in the automotive sector. Famin’s new role simplifies the reporting structure and provides a dedicated focus on achieving success. He will oversee the F1 team and other motorsport ventures, ensuring Alpine works more efficiently and increasing its chances of reaching its ambitious goals.