It seems like the major changes never stop when it comes to preparing for the upcoming 2021 season. This time the news comes from the Alpine Formula One Team (formerly known as Renault). According to Formula One’s official website, Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul will be leaving the team ahead of their official rebranding as Alpine.
The news comes as a bit of a shock, considering the high expectations from Alpine in 2021. For one thing, many are excited about Fernando Alonso’s return to F1, and his reuniting with the French team. Furthermore, Renault scored 3 podiums in 2020 and finished 5th in the overall constructors’ championship. It might not seem like much but this was enough to place them comfortably ahead of Ferrari. Let’s be honest, challenging the title in 2021 is not a realistic goal. However, scoring podiums and some surprising victories should be more than expected.
Abiteboul started his career in the early 2001 as a Renault website employee. In 2012, he became the Team Principal of the former Caterham F1 Team. Renault promoted Abiteboul as their own Team Principal for the 2017 season. After Cyril’s departure, Renault’s Director of Strategy and Business Development Laurent Rossi will take over his position.
Here are some thoughts that Cyril shared:
“The solid foundations of the racing team and the entities in France and England built over these years, the strategic evolution of the sport towards a more economically sustainable model, and more recently the Alpine project which provides a renewed sense of meaning and dynamism, all point to a very fine trajectory”. He also added, “I would like to thank Luca de Meo for involving me in the construction of the Alpine Business Unit and I wish the new structure every success”.
SkullKing Sports wishes Mr. Abiteboul success in his future career endeavors! We are also sure that many of us will miss his distinct French accent on the radio… On a positive note, Guenther Steiner is still working for Haas, so 2021 should provide plenty of paddock entertainment!