RACE DEBRIEF

    Four-time world champion Alain Prost has left his role as Non-Executive Director at Alpine, as the French manufacturer continues its review of the management structure, Formula1.com understands.

    Prost took on an advisory role with Renault in 2017 and became Non-Executive Director two years later, staying on when the team rebranded as Alpine for the 2021 campaign.

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    It is understood the Frenchman had an annual contract with Alpine and the management decided not to renew it for 2022.

    Earlier this month, Alpine revealed they had parted ways with Executive Director Marcin Budkowski, who oversaw the Enstone side of the racing operation.

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    CEO Laurent Rossi – who attends most races with the F1 team – is temporarily running the operation.

    Since taking on the role, after a restructure that saw Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul leave the team in January 2021, Rossi has been reviewing how the squad operated. He wanted to give himself enough time to understand the business before making any adjustments.

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    With only a few races to go last year, he hinted changes to the structure would happen ahead of the upcoming Formula 1 campaign. The news Budkowski and Prost have left are the first signs of the changes.

    However, the announcement of Prost’s departure brought an angry response from the four-time champion himself, who wrote in a post on Instagram: “I am very disappointed how this new has been annnouced [sic] today ! It was agreed that we would announce together with @alpinef1team ! No respect sorry ! I have refused the offer made to me in abudhabi [sic] for the 2022 season because of a personal relationship and I was right ! To the enstone [sic] and Viry team I will miss you.”

    Alpine finished fifth in the constructors’ championship last year, with Esteban Ocon securing their first win with victory in Hungary.