The restructuring of Alpine F1 Team continues, this time with the departure of the tutelary figure Alain Prost!
The chaos continues
Arrived as a consultant and ambassador in 2015, when Renault was preparing to return to Formula 1 as a constructor for the 2016 season, Alain Prost is no longer part of the team’s organization chart. In 2019, the former quadruple world champion was appointed “non-executive director”, occupying a position somewhat reminiscent of that which Niki Lauda had taken on at Mercedes. A non-decisional role but which could count in terms of communication, image, influence.
After the departure of Marcin Budkoswki, which should give way to Otmar Szafnauer from Aston Martin, so it’s a second important name to leave the blues. Laurent Rossi thus continues the redesign of Alpine F1 Team. Prost certainly brought a strong, emblematic image and he was able to play an important role with Esteban Ocon to facilitate his integration, but French did not seem to weigh that much on the management. We have the impression that the team used their words and their image a lot for the media, but that the main interested party never really found his place or the significant role to which he could claim, especially if we compare to the stature that Niki Lauda wielded within Mercedes. The new management that arrived this year has inevitably had an impact on its influence. Alain Prost perhaps no longer stuck with the “Renaulution” and the new dynamic that Laurent Rossi wishes to instill, and, for his part, it is hard to imagine him contenting himself with simple “public relations”.
A story in waves
It’s a long story in episodes that ends like this between the French champion and Renault/Alpine. Alain Prost had driven for Renault F1 between 1981 and 1983, but the idyll of the beginnings had quickly deteriorated, first because of his tensions with René Arnoux, then because of the failure of the 1983 season and the title. lost to Nelson Piquet. Alain Prost then left “angry” with the diamond and found refuge at McLaren, before reconnecting with Renault in 1993, winning the world title in a Williams powered by the tricolor V10. After the painful Prost GP experience and his escapades at the Andros Trophy, Alain Prost was then involved in the e.Dams Renault team in Formula E, before his role as Renault ambassador brought him back to F1 with Renault Sport and therefore Alpine.
Now, the next much-anticipated announcement must be confirmation of Szafnauer’s recruitment in place of Budkowski. The American should arrive accompanied by sponsor BWT, which has long sponsored Force India, Racing Point and Aston Martin again this year. From there to seeing pink on the Alpine 2022 livery, there is only one step… let’s tremble!