Last week it was Aston Martin’s Otmar Szafnauer, this time it’s Alpine’s Marcin Budowski. The upcoming season is already packed with a lot of changes. The French team added one to that list. It has announced the departure of it’s executive director on Thursday.
The 44 year old Polish Engineer, came into the Formula 1 world back in 2001 as an aerodynamicist for Prost GP. Next year, he took his skills to work for Ferrari till 2007. Later he went to McLaren and even became the head of aerodynamics in 2012, only to leave the team in 2014.
Budowski career took a turn in October 2014, when he started working for the FIA as Formula 1’s technical and sporting coordinator. Eventually, he became the head of the Formula One technical department in 2017.
Now comes Renault in the picture where he worked as the executive technical director. Remaining there when the team rebranded as Alpine. After the exit of Cyril Abiteboul in 2020, Budowski became the de-facto team principal. And now he leaves the team which saw Esteban Ocon take the win in Hungary.
“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,” said Budkowski.
“I will be watching the team’s progress fondly in the seasons to come.”
Alpine’s CEO, Laurent Rossi who will look at the team functioning before they find a suitable person said.
“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.”
All eyes will be on the expected swap that might come now that the two head figures are out in the F1 market.
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