Renault have announced that Cyril Abiteboul has departed the team ahead of their rebrand to Alpine after four seasons as Team Principal.
Abiteboul’s departure comes as the team prepares to rebrand as Alpine ahead of the 2021 season, in which Fernando Alonso returns alongside the retained Esteban Ocon.
Speaking on his departure, Abiteboul said; “I would like to thank the Groupe Renault for having trusted me for many years, particularly with the relaunch and reconstruction of the team since 2016”.
Abiteboul also spoke of his thanks to Luca de Meo for allowing his involvement in the creation of the Alpine business, with the Frenchman going on to ‘wish the new structure every success.’
De Meo commented on Abiteboul’s departure, saying; “I would like to warmly thank Cyril for his tireless involvement, which notably led the Renault F1 Team from the penultimate place in 2016 to the podiums last season.”
On aims for this season, De Meo said that Abiteboul’s ‘remarkable work’ has enabled the team to look ahead ‘with a strong team and the new Alpine F1 Team identity to conquer the podiums this year.”
Abiteboul will be replaced by Laurent Rossi who is the Director of Strategy and Business Development and CEO of Alpine, which will see him become the new Team Manager and report to De Meo.