Szafnauer-to-Alpine rumour comes to fruition

Jon Wilde
Laurent Rossi and Otmar Szafnauer at a Belgian GP press conference. Spa-Francorchamps August 2021.

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi and Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer sit together at a Belgian Grand Prix press conference. Spa-Francorchamps August 2021.

Alpine have confirmed that recent speculation had substance with the appointment of Otmar Szafnauer as their new team principal.

Szafnauer left Aston Martin five days into 2022 having been with the Silverstone-based team, in their various guises, for 12 years. He was quickly replaced by Mike Krack.

As early as November 9 it was being reported the 57-year-old Romanian-American could be on his way to Alpine, who have also undergone a managerial shake-up this winter.

Marcin Budkowski left his role as their executive director and Alain Prost exited his non-executive director’s position, while Pat Fry was promoted to chief technical officer and Matt Harman to technical director.

Now Szafnauer has joined the fray, following sponsor BWT and their pink branding from Aston Martin to Alpine, while Bruno Famin becomes executive director.

“I’m thrilled to join BWT Alpine F1 Team and ready to get to work with everyone to achieve our challenge – bring the team to fight for the Championship within the next 100 races,” said Szafnauer in the official announcement of his appointment.

“My attention is focused on preparing for the start of the season in Bahrain. As one of the three car manufacturers involved in Formula 1, Alpine is fully armed to achieve its ambition. I can’t wait to start the journey!”

Famin was most recently Deputy Sport Secretary-General at the FIA and enjoyed a successful spell on the managerial side of motorsport with Peugeot in endurance racing and rallying.

The role of Davide Brivio, meanwhile, has been defined as Director of Racing Expansion Projects, which means he will oversee participation in all categories including the Alpine Academy.

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi said: “With Otmar and Bruno joining the team, we move to a new level for 2022.

“Otmar will bring his unique experience in motorsports and his uncompromising desire to win, while Bruno’s proven track record in building technologies that make a difference in competition and their subsequent transference to road cars is critical for our project as a sports team and brand.

“Over the past year I have seen Davide’s talent to identify the best in people and to make them perform as well as they can. I am delighted to utilise this unique skill across all existing Alpine assets and new ones we are just starting to explore.

“Our band of racers is complete and ready to bring the team towards its ambitious objectives in 2022.”


Alpine are launching their 2022 car on Monday when Szafnauer and drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon will doubtless be in attendance.


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