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Alpine F1 team overhauls design department amidst poor start and technical leadership resignations

Posted : 04 March 2024

Alpine has undergone a significant restructuring of its design department following a lackluster start to the Formula 1 season and the departure of key personnel.


Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly's disappointing performance in Bahrain prompted the resignations of Technical Director Matt Harman and Head of Aerodynamics Dirk de Beer.

The newly appointed team boss, Bruno Famin, will oversee a revamped structure, mirroring McLaren's successful model, with three technical directors specializing in key design areas.


Ciaron Pilbeam, previously the Head of Race Engineering, has been elevated to the position of Technical Director responsible for performance. Joe Burnell will lead the engineering department, while David Wheater takes charge of aerodynamics.


Famin emphasized the need for organizational changes, stating, "We are not where we want nor need to be in terms of performance level." The three-pillared structure aims to enhance collaboration and efficiency across technical areas, fostering improved performance from factory to racetrack.


Alpine, the F1 team representing Renault, witnessed a decline in performance from fourth in 2022 to sixth in 2023, prompting a shift in their car design philosophy for the current season. Despite acknowledging the learning curve associated with the new car, the team faced unexpected challenges in Bahrain.


Additionally, Alpine's engine, acknowledged as the least powerful on the grid, has struggled due to an F1-wide engine development freeze since 2022. Unlike other suppliers, such as Honda, Mercedes, and Ferrari, Alpine has been unable to exploit performance gains within the restricted framework of reliability-related changes.




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