Alpine F1 has made significant changes to its top management, which has caused quite a stir in the Formula 1 community. Notable figures such as Otmar Szafnauer, Alan Permane, and Pat Fry have been let go from the team. However, these changes are all part of Alpine’s plan to reach the top in F1. Rumors are circulating about the potential appointment of Mattia Binotto, which would be seen as a positive move for the team.
Retired French racing driver Franck Montagny has been providing insights and commentary on the Alpine drama. During an Instagram Live session, Montagny did not hold back in his criticism of Permane and Szafnauer, calling them “useless.” Montagny’s opinion of Permane is influenced by their past working relationship at Renault in 2003, where Montagny was transferred from the racing squad to the test team due to frustrations.
Montagny also highlighted Permane’s negative attitude towards French drivers, which has been a sore spot for many fans. He revealed that Permane had made comments suggesting that French drivers were not deserving of success.
While the interim team boss, Bruno Famin, has indicated that the departures of Szafnauer and Permane were mutual agreements, former F1 driver Karun Chandhok expressed concerns about the potential impact on the team. Chandhok drew parallels with Toyota’s exit from F1 in 2009, suggesting that Alpine’s recruitment strategy could be problematic if they bring in management from outside of motorsport.
Famin mentioned Alpine’s aspirations to win races and championships, but they face obstacles ahead, specifically due to their engine being regarded as the least powerful among their competitors.
Alpine’s upcoming months are of great importance as they navigate through this transitional phase. The choices they make will ultimately decide whether they can attain a fresh wave of triumph or end up following Toyota’s footsteps.