Cyril Abiteboul, a long-time serving team principal of Renault Formula 1 team, is leaving Renault Group with immediate effect and will not take part in the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 leadership as it was formerly expected.
For the past month, speculation was surrounding Abiteboul’s future as he was linked with various positions at the Renault Group, away from Formula 1. However, it has been announced today that the Frenchman would be leaving the company altogether.
“I would like to thank the Renault Group for placing their trust in me over these many years, in particular for the relaunch and reconstruction of the team since 2016,” says Cyril Abiteboul, following the announcement. “The solid foundations of the racing team and the entities in France and England built over these years, the strategic evolutions of the sport towards a more economically sustainable model, and more recently the Alpine project which provides meaning and momentum renewed, let foresee a very good trajectory. I thank Luca De Meo for having associated me with the construction of the Alpine Business Unit and I wish from the bottom of my heart to the new structure the success to which it can claim,” he added.
Meanwhile, CEO of Renault, Luca De Mao showers appreciation for his contributions over the recent years: “I would like to warmly thank Cyril for his relentless involvement, which notably led the Renault F1 Team from a penultimate place in 2016 to the podiums last season. His remarkable work in F1 since 2007 allows us to look to the future, with a strong team and the new Alpine F1 Team identity to conquer the podiums this year.”
Furthermore, it has been further stated that Laurent Rossi would be taking over his designation in the group.