RACE DEBRIEF

    Jerome Stoll is to step down as President of Renault's Formula 1 operation, the team have announced.

    Stoll has spent five years overseeing Renault's racing activities, since the French manufacturer returned to F1 as a full constructor for the 2016 season.

    Since then the team have been rebuilding towards their goal of competing once again for the World Championship titles that they won in 2005 and 2006, and this season Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon delivered the first podium finishes for the team since their return.

    The team will be rebranded as Alpine next season, when Fernando Alonso returns to F1 to drive for the outfit for a third time. And ahead of that transition, Stoll is stepping down from his role – which also included oversight of Renault's Formula E activities.

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    He said: "These five years as President of Renault Sport Racing have been very intense. Taking up the challenge of rebuilding a Formula 1 team is tough, it takes time, commitment and unfailing determination. A first step has been taken with a team and drivers that we can now see on the podium.

    "I appreciate the privilege of being able to be part of all these changes and all our progress. Motorsport, and even more so Formula 1, is above all a human adventure, encounters, bonds that are forged, joys, disappointments and invaluable rewards.

    Formula One World Championship
    Stoll celebrates with Daniel Ricciardo

    "The Formula E titles and seeing young drivers racing in our cars in the Eurocup or Clio Cup are an integral part of what has been a wonderful experience. I owe a lot to every collaborator in this company. They are committed and determined to give their best to make our brand and our values shine.

    "A new chapter is now opening with Alpine and I am sure the best is yet to come. I am happy and proud to have been part of this great adventure with such great people.”

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    Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul added: "What a long way we have come together from the start of the project in June 2015 to this season’s podiums. Jerome’s passion for competition as well as his loyalty to the women and men of the team have been of invaluable help over the years.

    "His support as well as his strategic vision have enabled us to overcome many hurdles and advance our ideas in an increasingly complex environment. Today, a new adventure begins with Alpine and the F1 team will be a major asset for the development of the brand. Thank you Jerome for your trust, your advice and your loyalty.”