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    Alpine have confirmed that Bruno Famin will continue as their Team Principal during the upcoming F1 season, balancing those duties with his wider role as the brand’s VP of Motorsports.

    Famin, who joined Alpine ahead of the 2022 campaign as Executive Director of the engine division in Viry-Chatillon, took on the team boss position in an interim capacity between last year’s Belgian and Dutch Grands Prix, amid a flurry of managerial departures.

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    That reshuffle included previous Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer and Sporting Director Alan Permane both making way, the latter now part of the RB squad, while Chief Technical Officer Pat Fry opted for a move to Williams.

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    Famin stepped into the Alpine Team Principal role after last year’s Belgian Grand Prix

    Famin carried out his own evaluation over the second half of 2023 and, at the launch of Alpine’s new F1 car on Wednesday, the manufacturer revealed that the Frenchman’s temporary role has now been made permanent.

    After the outfit dropped from fourth to sixth in the constructors’ standings last year, Famin is tasked with arresting the decline and guiding the Renault-supported ‘Team Enstone’ back to their previous glory days of the mid-noughties.

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    Discussing Alpine’s goals for the year ahead, Famin said: “We need to continue to improve the team to take it to the next level. We all know that progress is never linear. That’s why we will not declare any numerical targets.

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    “We are focusing on ourselves and the improvement across the many different areas, to enable us to demonstrate greater competitiveness. It’s going to be a fierce battle on-track, and off it in the development race in the factories, and we intend to be part of that close competition.”

    As per the rest of the F1 grid, Alpine will continue with an unchanged driver line-up in 2024 as Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly get set for their second season as team mates, while F2 race winner Jack Doohan remains in reserve.

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