After previously working with Renault Sport, Abiteboul joined the Caterham Formula 1 team in 2012, assuming the role of team manager.
But in 2014, he returned to Renault as Managing Director of Renault Sport F1, as head of their Formula 1 team after playing a pivotal role in securing their return to the grid in 2016.
He was due to become Alpine’s team principal as Renault introduced its high performance division into the world of Formula 1, but Renault has now confirmed the immediate departure of Abiteboul with Rossi, director of strategy and business development for Groupe Renault. , appointed to lead the Alpine brand and “take charge of Alpine Cars, Sport, F1 and competition activities”.
“I would like to thank Groupe Renault for placing their trust in me for many years, especially with the relaunch and rebuilding of the team since 2016,” said Abiteboul.
“The solid foundations of the racing team and of the entities in France and England built during these years, the strategic evolution of the sport towards a more economically sustainable model, and more recently the Alpine project which gives a renewed meaning and dynamism, all this point towards a very fine trajectory.
“I would like to thank Luca de Meo for having involved me in the construction of the Alpine Business Unit and I wish the new structure every success.
Rossi will report to Renault CEO Luca de Meo, who, upon his arrival, was the driving force behind the introduction of the Alpine brand into Formula 1.
“I would like to warmly thank Cyril for his tireless involvement, which notably led the Renault F1 Team from penultimate place in 2016 to the podiums last season,” said de Meo.
“His remarkable work in F1 since 2007 allows us to look to the future, with a strong team and the new Alpine F1 Team identity to conquer the podiums this year.
This is the second major staff change at Alpine after Suzuki announced the departure of its Moto GP manager Davide Brivio, who is expected to take a position within the Alpine set-up.
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