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Alpine appoints three technical directors after new departures

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LONDON: Renault-owned Alpine announced a new managerial reshuffle on Monday with three new bosses replacing technical director Matt Harman and head of aerodynamics Dirk de Beer, who left the Formula 1 team after a poor start to the season lamentable.

Alpine said in a statement that both had chosen to leave and seek new challenges.

The three new technical directors are Joe Burnell for engineering, David Wheater for aerodynamics and Ciaron Pilbeam for performance.

All three will report to team principal Bruno Famin, who took over from the late Otmar Szafnauer as interim boss last August and now takes up the permanent role.

In the space of two weeks last summer, an entire senior echelon left the Enstone factory: managing director Laurent Rossi, Szafnauer, sporting director Alan Permane and technical director Pat Fry.

Former racing director Davide Brivio also left the team at the end of last year and returned to MotoGP.

The team finished fourth overall in 2022 and dropped to sixth place last season.

They started the 2024 campaign in Bahrain last Saturday with both cars on the back row of the grid and finished with experienced winners Esteban Ocon 17th and Pierre Gasly 18th.

Alpine said Monday’s changes came “after a period of disappointing results” in which they missed several key targets.

The Renault engine is at a 20 to 30 horsepower disadvantage compared to its competitors, according to the FIA, with development frozen until 2026, when a new powertrain will be introduced.

“We have decided to make these organizational changes because we can clearly see that we are not where we want or need to be in terms of performance level and that it is time to take a new step in terms of organization and of staff,” Famin said.

“The new three-pillar structure with three technical directors, each specialized in different areas, will bring better work and collaboration in our technical areas and help deliver performance from the factories to the race track.

“I have full confidence in the abilities of Joe, David and Ciaron to work closely together to bring the team the performance and improvement it needs.”

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