Rob White leaves Alpine amid latest reshuffle at the French outfit

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Alpine has announced that its long-standing operations director Rob White will leave the Enstone-based outfit with immediate effect as the reshuffle continues at the Renault-owned team.

Alpine have scored just two points in eight races this season and are ninth of 10 in the standings after finishing sixth in 2023 and fourth in 2022.

It is therefore not a surprise that the Enstone-based outfit has already made several changes to its organisation in recent months. Just a fews days after the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, the team confirmed that Technical Director Matt Harman and head of Aerodynamics Dirk de Beer departed from Alpine, leaving two key positions vacant.

The under-performing Renault-owned Formula One team confirmed another change to its organisation today, announcing the departure of Rob White. The British engineer has been the operations director at the French team since 2016.

"As part of the team's wider operational restructure, we can confirm the departure of Rob White," a team spokesperson said.

"The team is thankful for Rob's efforts during his long career both at Enstone and at Viry-Chatillon, where he led the championship-winning engine project in 2005 and 2006. We wish him the best in his future endeavours."

Long career in motorsport
White started his career with Jaguar Cars before joining Cosworth Racing Limited, taking on the role of development engineer for their IndyCar project, working under Chief Engineer Steve Miller.

In 1990, White was promoted to the position of senior development engineer. In 1993 he moved to California as track support manager for Cosworth USA.

In 1997, White returned to England and worked as chief engineer to Cosworth's Formula One operations. In 2003, three years before Ford left Formula One and a year before Cosworth was sold to Kevin Kalkhoven, White left Cosworth. The following year he moved to the Renault F1 team to act as engine technical director alongside chassis technical director Bob Bell.

In April 2005, White was promoted to deputy managing director of the engine operations at Renault F1, following the departure of Bernard Dudot. This meant moving to Renault's engine department located in Viry-Ch√Ętillon, France.

In 2016 he moved to Enstone to become director of operations at the team now known as Alpine.