AM design chief could follow Szafnauer to Alpine – report

Date published: January 21 2022 - Jamie Woodhouse

Esteban Ocon and Sebastian Vettel during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest August 2021.

If Otmar Szafnauer joins Alpine he may be followed by Aston Martin design chief Andrew Green, according to a report.

Alpine and Aston Martin have been undergoing changes to key personnel during the off-season and it appears their paths will cross, with former Aston Martin team principal Szafnauer expected to join Alpine following the departure of their executive director Marcin Budkowski.

Alain Prost has also left his position as non-executive director at Alpine.

Should Szafnauer make the anticipated move to Alpine it is believed he will take Austrian water treatment company BWT with him, they being the title sponsor of Aston Martin’s previous incarnations Force India and Racing Point that inspired the pink livery.

But as per a report by MARCA, Szafnauer potentially would not stop there when it came to calling upon familiar names of his past.

Andrew Green wears an Aston Martin mask. Bahrain, March 2021.

Their article states Szafnauer may also be lining up a reunion with Aston Martin’s chief technical officer Green.

Green held the technical officer role with the team from 2011-2021 before being promoted to chief technical officer, working with Szafnauer throughout the Force India, Racing Point and Aston Martin eras.

MARCA state Green is “considered one of the best in the paddock in his trade” having come up with innovations such as “the flared nose at Force India later copied by the rest of the teams, even among the big ones”.

If Green does make that switch, MARCA state it would be with a focus on the 2023 Alpine and he would need to begin work “before spring, depending on the ‘gardening’ conditions they get in the negotiations”.

 

The report concludes by stating it is unknown whether Pat Fry, the current design and aerodynamic chief at Alpine, would “take a back seat” or leave the team altogether should Green arrive.

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi recently expressed the team’s desire to be title challengers by 2024.

 

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