As part of the ongoing management restructuring, another name is leaving the Alpine team: four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost is no longer advising the brand. The racing team is currently going through extensive structural changes.
Last week Alpine announced that managing director Marcin Budkowski, who acted as de facto team boss in 2021 although officially there was none, has left the team. CEO Laurent Rossi is currently leading the team himself on an interim basis.
Sources suggest that former Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer, whose name has been associated with Alpine since late 2021, is set to be announced shortly in a similar capacity. Szafnauer and Aston Martin officially announced their split earlier this month.
When the Enstone team regained full Renault ownership in 2015, he served as a consultant and ambassador. He took on a more formal role in July 2019 when he was appointed non-executive director at Renault Sport. The one-year contract with the team has now not been extended.
While Prost leaves, looming is the arrival of water treatment company BWT as Alpine’s main sponsor, suggesting the company’s traditional pink colors will be part of the team’s livery this year.
Szafnauer has a good relationship with BWT and its bosses, having worked closely with the company when it was title sponsor of Force India and Racing Point. In 2021, BWT had a minor role at Aston Martin as Cognizant took over title sponsorship. The green car only had pink highlights.
The BWT name has already disappeared from the Aston Martin website, although the departure has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
An Aston Martin spokesman told Motorsport.com: “We don’t normally discuss the details of ongoing commercial discussions and contracts. We will present our full partner portfolio for 2022 at our vehicle launch next month.” It is scheduled to take place on February 10th.