Renault have introduced F1 Group Principal Cyril Abiteboul is leaving the corporate, forward of the crew’s relaunch as Alpine for this yr.
A very long time Renault worker, Abiteboul has been in sole cost of the F1 crew since 2017, however is now leaving the corporate altogether, following a shake-up by new CEO Luca de Meo, who joined from SEAT final yr.
Laurent Rossi, the Director of Technique and Enterprise Improvement of Groupe Renault, is taking on the brand new CEO of Alpine, which can even see him assume management of the F1 crew, and report back to De Meo.
“I wish to thank the Groupe Renault for having trusted me for a few years, notably with the relaunch and reconstruction of the crew since 2016,” mentioned Abiteboul.
“The stable foundations of the racing crew and the entities in France and England constructed over these years, the strategic evolution of the game in direction of a extra economically sustainable mannequin, and extra lately the Alpine challenge which offers a renewed sense of that means and dynamism, all level to a really superb trajectory.
“I wish to thank Luca de Meo for involving me within the development of the Alpine Enterprise Unit and I want the brand new construction each success.”
De Meo added: “I wish to warmly thank Cyril for his tireless involvement, which notably led the Renault F1 Group from the penultimate place in 2016 to the podiums final season.
“His outstanding work in F1 since 2007 permits us to look to the longer term, with a robust crew and the brand new Alpine F1 Group identification to beat the podiums this yr.”
Renault haven’t been in a position to reproduce the title-winning success they loved within the mid-2000s since rejoining F1 as a full constructor in 2016, although they did lastly make it again on to the rostrum in 2020 with three prime three finishes between Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon.
Fernando Alonso is rejoining the Enstone-based outfit for this season, changing Ricciardo, who strikes to McLaren, as Renault swap their title and yellow colors for Alpine and blue, crimson and white of the French flag.