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Alpine F1 Team

Why Alpine is not rushing to appoint permanent Team Principal

Alpine made a major change to its managerial structure earlier this year but a permanent Team Principal is still missing from the set up.

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Alpine's Bruno Famin has explained why he is not rushing to sign a permanent Team Principal to the French squad.

A series of senior management changes throughout this year's Formula 1 campaign saw Famin rise to the helm of the team - but only in an interim capacity.

In July, Laurent Rossi departed his role as CEO of the F1 squad and just one week later, Otmar Szafnauer and Alan Permane left their Team Principal and Sporting Director positions respectively.

Famin was promoted to the Interim Team Principal role after heading its engine development department since 2022.

The Frenchman outlined that he was tasked with assessing the team's structure before deciding on the appointment of a new Team Principal.

However, almost five months on from Szafnauer's departure, Alpine is still yet to announce a new permanent team boss.

New Team Principal 'not the primary focus'

Alpine's management changes came amid a disappointing campaign despite two podium finishes during the season.

The Enstone-based squad slipped to sixth place in the Constructors' Championship after ending last year as 'best of the rest' behind the top three teams.

Speaking to select media including RacingNews365, Famin highlighted that installing a Team Principal is not his primary focus as he aims to get the team back on track.

“I'm not a big fan of changing the organisation for changing the organisation,” he said.

“You can change the organization in the way you want for as many times as you want but if the people don't want to work together it will never work.

“The point is more to find how to make the people work well together to extract the best performance out of everyone in the global team.

“That's really the point. As far as I'm concerned about Team Principal I'm quite happy with the position and as far as my boss is not telling me to change, I will remain.

“It’s not my P1 task, to be honest. The P1 task is making the people [at Alpine] work together.”

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