The head of Renault’s F1 team, Cyril Abiteboul, is leaving the company after he was at the helm of Renault’s F1 project for five years, and his role should be taken over by Marcin Budkowski.

Abiteboul was supposed to take on a new role within the company after changing the management structure and changing the name of the F1 team to Alpine, but it was confirmed today that he will leave Renault.

Former Director of Strategy and Business Development Laurent Rossi has become the new CEO of Alpine and he will take care of the F1 team and other motorsport activities and report directly to Renault CEO Luca de Meo.

Abiteboul’s position as head of the F1 team should be taken over by Marcin Budkowski, who arrived at Renault from the FIA.

“I would like to thank the Renault Group for believing in me for so many years, especially after the 2016 team relaunch and reconstruction,” Abiteboul said.

“The solid foundations of the racing team with headquarters in France and England built in recent years, the strategic evolution of the sport towards a more economically viable model and the Alpine project point to a very nice upward trajectory.”

Renault CEO Luca de Meo thanked Abiteboul for everything he has done for the Renault F1 team in recent years.

“I would like to warmly thank Cyril for his tireless engagement that brought the Renault F1 team from the penultimate spot in 2016 to the podium last season,” de Meo said.

“His outstanding work at F1 since 2007 has allowed us to move into the future with a strong team and the new identity of the Alpine F1 team to conquer the podiums this year.”

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