Renault’s rebranded Formula One team will start the season under a new boss as well as a changed name and driver line-up after the French car company announced the sudden departure of principal Cyril Abiteboul.Spanish F1 driver Carlos Sainz.

The Renault Group said in a corporate statement that 43-year-old Abiteboul, who had run the former world champions since 2017, was departing the company ahead of their fresh start as Alpine F1.

Group strategy and business development director Laurent Rossi will take over as chief executive of the Alpine brand with responsibility for the road car side and sporting activities including F1.

There was no word on who would lead the team for the season that is due to start in March, with Spain’s two-times world champion Fernando Alonso making his F1 comeback after two years out.

Media speculation has suggested executive director Marcin Budkowski had already been lined up to replace Abiteboul, with Davide Brivio expected to arrive from MotoGP champions Suzuki in a chief executive role.

-Reuters

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