Alpine F1 announce double departure

The restructuring sees three specialised roles introduced


In a significant overhaul aimed at revamping its technical direction and performance, the Alpine F1 Team has announced a strategic reorganisation within its technical department. 

Shifting from the traditional model of a single Technical Director, Alpine F1 is adopting a novel three-pillared approach to its technical leadership. 

This restructuring introduces three specialised roles: Technical Director (Performance), Technical Director (Aerodynamics), and Technical Director (Engineering), each focusing on distinct aspects of the team’s technical development.

This decision follows a period of underwhelming performances in the Formula 1 World Championship, with the team experiencing a slide from fourth in the 2022 Constructor Standings to sixth in 2023. 

The team’s ambition to ascend to the forefront of the grid has been met with several missed targets, prompting a reevaluation of its organizational strategy.

The newly appointed technical leaders, Joe Burnell (Engineering), David Wheater (Aerodynamics), and Ciaron Pilbeam (Performance), will collaboratively spearhead Alpine’s technical efforts under the guidance of Team Principal Bruno Famin

Their collective expertise is expected to foster improved collaboration across technical domains, translating factory advancements directly to on-track performance.

Esteban Ocon leads Alpine teammate Pierre Gasly in qualifying ahead of the 2024 Bahrain GP | Alpine F1 Team
Esteban Ocon leads Alpine teammate Pierre Gasly in qualifying ahead of the 2024 Bahrain GP | Alpine F1 Team

Matt Harman and Dirk de Beer leave Alpine

In addition to the technical team’s restructuring, Alpine F1 has confirmed the departure of Matt Harman, the former Technical Director, and Dirk de Beer, the Head of Aerodynamics. Both individuals have elected to pursue new opportunities, leaving behind a legacy of contributions to the team’s efforts.

Team Principal Bruno Famin expressed confidence in the restructured technical leadership’s ability to address the performance challenges facing the team. By integrating specialised roles within the technical department, Alpine F1 aims to enhance its competitive edge and achieve its performance objectives.

“We have decided to make these organisational changes as we can clearly see that we are not where we want nor need to be in terms of performance level and it is time to take another step in terms of organisation and people,” Famin said in a statement. 

“The new three-pillared structure with three Technical Directors, each specialising in different areas, will bring better work and collaboration across our technical areas and contribute to delivering performance from the factories to the race track. 

“I trust fully in the abilities of Joe, David and Ciaron to work closely together in bringing the team the performance and improvements that it needs. Finally, I would like to thank Matt and Dirk for their efforts over the last couple of years at the team and wish them the very best in the next chapter of their careers.”

As Alpine F1 navigates this transitional phase, the focus remains on leveraging its revamped technical leadership to catalyze improvements and climb the championship standings. 

The team’s strategic reorganisation marks a pivotal step in its quest to refine its Formula 1 project and realise its ambitions on the global stage.

John Smith
John Smith
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