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Alpine will part ways with team head Otmar Szafnauer and sporting director Alan Permane.

The latest in a string of management moves follows the Renault-owned team’s underwhelming performance this season.

Alpine will also lose Chief Technical Officer Pat Fry, who will join Williams later this year.

Alpine did not fulfill the goals they set for themselves this year.

They began the season hoping to finish fourth for the second year in a row while also getting closer to the top three clubs.

They are now sixth, having been passed by Aston Martin and McLaren.

The decision to part ways with Szafnauer and Permane comes little over a week after former Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi was reassigned to a new post in special projects at Renault and replaced by a new CEO, Philippe Krief.

This occurred just two weeks after Bruno Famin was appointed vice-president of Alpine Motorsport.

Famin stated during the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday that the changes were done in order to “achieve the level of performance we are looking for faster.”

He went on to say that the team, Szafnauer, and Permane “weren’t on the same timeline” and that “we have a different view of how to do it.”

Famin will serve as interim team principal, while Julian Rouse, director of the team’s young driver academy, will serve as interim sporting director.

Szafnauer comes to Alpine from Aston Martin, where he was team principal since August 2018, when the squad was called Racing Point. In 2021, it was renamed Aston Martin.

Prior to that, he served as a senior executive with the club under its previous name, Force India, since 2009.

Permane has worked for Alpine in various capacities for 34 years. He joined the Benetton team in 1989 and went with it to Renault, then Lotus, back to Renault, and finally Alpine. Before becoming sporting director in 2012, he worked a variety of engineering positions.

For the past decade, he has been key to the way the team has been run. In a statement, the team congratulated him for his “34 distinguished years at Enstone.”

Alpine stated that Szafnauer and Permane will remain in their positions until the completion of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend before quitting.

Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal, called Permane’s three decades with the team “a truly remarkable achievement.”

“He was one of the mainstays of that period and was there through the championship years with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso,” he added.

“He is a highly competent individual; I doubt he will be unemployed for long.”


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