There were rumors that Otmar Szafnauer could leave Aston Martin to join Alpine late last year and with the recent announcement that Otmar has, indeed, left Aston Martin and then today’s announcement that Marcin will be leaving Alpine, one might be forgiven for connecting the dots.
At the time of the press report, Otmar said it was speculation but it does seem that there are dots to be connected however this press release from Alpine does not mention Otmar’s assignment. Instead it says that Laurent Rossi will step in to oversee things temporarily. Perhaps that Otmar situation was, as described, speculation or his gardening leave hasn’t expired. Regardless, here is Alpine’s press release.
Alpine F1 Team and Marcin Budkowski, Executive Director of Alpine F1 Team, announced today their decision to end their collaboration as of January 13th 2022.
Laurent Rossi will temporarily ensure the team’s management to allow everyone to focus on the next season’s preparation.
Laurent Rossi, CEO Alpine, declared: “I would like to thank Marcin Budkowski for his commitment and contribution to the team’s results over the last four years. The team is fully focused on getting the car ready for the first race in Bahrain and deliver a step beyond in performance.”
Marcin Budkowski declared: “I truly enjoyed being part of the leadership team of Renault then Alpine F1 Team, working with such a talented and dedicated group of people. I will be watching the Teams’ progress fondly in the seasons to come.”