Alpine have confirmed that Bruno Famin will continue as their Team Principal during the upcoming F1 season while John Woods will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer.
On the eve of the launch of their new F1 car, Alpine have confirmed that Bruno Famin will keep his position as team principal at the French outfit. The Frenchman took over this role from Otmar Szafnauer, who left the team ahead of the 2022 F1 season.
“It all started when I was 10 years old, and I tried to work hard and study engineering to get into motorsport. The dream came true, I won Le Mans, I won the Dakar, I won Pikes Peak, and I am especially happy to lead this project in Formula 1," said Famin.
Moreover, Alpine has created a new chief operating officer role at Enstone that will be filled by former Group Lotus and McLaren Automotive man John Woods. With the team also having a base at Viry, France, this role will be held by Audrey Vastroux at the French headquarters.
Commenting on the new role shared by two people, Famin added: “We have decided to create two new roles, a director of operations, to oversee daily operations, and this way I will have more time to focus on my role as team principal and vice president of motorsport.”
"John Woods will be at Enstone, and Audrey Vastroux will be at Viry. She already holds the position of director of operations at Viry, and I am confident that we will see progress because of them."
Famin also emphasized the importance of the F1 and WEC programs for the Renault group: “We are very proud to transfer technology from the track to the road. And for that, I thank the CEO of the Renault group, Luca de Meo, who is with us today. I also thank Philippe Krief, the CEO of Alpine.”
First of all, we knew how to criticize ourselves, we understood the challenges, and we worked on the solutions. We found energy, we found solutions, and we want to generalize this within the team.”
“When I became team principal in 2023, we focused on the on-track team, and we made progress. But there is still room for improvement throughout the team, and that will be my priority within the team," concluded Famin.
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