Alpine team boss leaves immediately; door open for Otmar Szafnauer

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Alpine F1 Media

Last season, Otmar Szafnauer, then team principal at Aston Martin, was linked to Alpine. The American Romanian would make the switch to the French stable during the winter break, but Szafnauer denied this vehemently. Nevertheless, Aston Martin suddenly announced last week that Otmar had left as team boss with immediate effect.

This sparked rumors again, but the Alpine team boss position was still occupied by Marcin Budkowski. Until Thursday. Alpine announces in a statement that they have said goodbye to the Pole with immediate effect. According to the French team, both parties have reached a joint decision to stop.

Otmar Szafnauer

For Otmar Szafnauer this means that the path to Alpine is completely open. The former Aston Martin captain could fill the position at Alpine, despite the fact that he has repeatedly dismissed the rumor as a ‘lie’. It wouldn’t be the first time Szafnauer hasn’t been completely honest with the press.

In 2020, the American also announced that Sergio Pérez would definitely stay with the team in 2021, after which it suddenly became known that the Mexican would be replaced by Sebastian Vettel. This eventually opened the door for Pérez to Red Bull Racing, where he helped Max Verstappen achieve the Formula 1 world title.

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