Alpine is getting ready for a significant transformation as it greets a familiar face back to the Formula 1 paddock. The team based in Enstone recently made public the exit of team principal Otmar Szafnauer and sporting director Alan Permane, resulting in an open position within the French team. Former Ferrari leader Mattia Binotto is now the leading candidate to take on this role, despite his past setbacks at Ferrari.
While Binotto’s appointment has not been officially confirmed, it is expected that he will take over the team at their UK headquarters in early September. However, there are concerns about his past performance at Ferrari. Binotto held the team principal role at Ferrari for a significant period of time but faced criticism for the team’s mistakes and subsequent embarrassment. This ultimately led to his departure from the iconic racing establishment.
Leo Turrini, an Italian journalist, expressed his opinion on Binotto’s professional journey, suggesting that while he is intelligent, his excessive self-confidence may have hindered him. Turrini believes that Binotto played a role in the disappointment of various aspirations during his tenure at Ferrari.
Alpine is presently going through a phase of disconnection, excitement, and unpredictability, marked by the departure of notable figures and the temporary leadership of Bruno Famin, which contributes to the disorder. Famin has recently made statements refuting the rumors connecting Binotto to Enstone, thus making the situation more intricate.
The French team is currently going through an important phase of reorganization, and the presence of contradictory rumors and statements is not beneficial to their goals. Famin’s remarks indicate that he will evaluate the situation and focus on strengthening the team before determining the need for a new structure.
The future of the team is now uncertain due to the possibility of Binotto replacing Famin at Alpine. This has led to questions about what will happen in the upcoming weeks.