Alpine Factories Struggle with Toxic Atmosphere: Reasons Unknown

Alpine, which finished sixth in the World Championship last season, faced internal issues including personnel changes and a rivalry between its English and French factories, leading to a call from Renault CEO Luca de Meo for more unity and cooperation within the team, and interim team boss Bruno Famin emphasizing the need for improved mutual relationships and better utilization of everyone’s potential.

Highlights

‣ Alpine finished sixth in the World Championship last season, leading to dissatisfaction and personnel changes within the team.
‣ There was a rivalry between the factories in England and France, creating a bad atmosphere within the team.
‣ Renault CEO Luca de Meo addressed the team, emphasizing the need for the team members from France and Britain to work more closely together.
‣ Interim team boss Bruno Famin stated that improving mutual relationships is a small part of the work Alpine has ahead, and the focus should be on getting the best out of everyone, regardless of their nationality or where they work.


Alpine didn’t have the best run last season. They ended up sixth in the World Championship. Not exactly what they were aiming for, huh? The French team had to deal with a lot of changes too. Team boss Otmar Szafnauer, sporting director Alan Permane, and CEO Laurent Rossi all left. Talk about a shake-up!

And that’s not all. There was a rivalry between the factories in England and France. A lot of fires had to be put out. Now, Bruno Famin wants to move on.

In 22 races, Alpine scored 120 points. That’s 92 more than Williams, who came in seventh. But it’s also 160 points less than Aston Martin, who came in fifth. Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon were stuck in the middle in 2023. They were supposed to compete for podiums. But, well, that didn’t happen.

The atmosphere in Víry (where the engine department is) and Enstone (where the chassis department is) was not great. There was a lot of finger-pointing. Renault CEO Luca de Meo even had to step in. He held a 40-minute video conference to address everyone.

De Meo’s message was clear. The team members from France and Britain needed to work together. They were sitting at separate tables during GPs and not even sleeping in the same hotels. De Meo wanted Alpine to be one team again. And he made it clear that everyone had to put in their best effort. If not, they could expect a letter of resignation.

Famin, the interim team boss, reflected on why things went wrong. He said, “I don’t know why, I’m not a psychologist. But one thing is certain: to perform in such a competitive environment, you have to use everyone’s potential […] It won’t happen overnight, of course, but we are working to get both parties on the same track.”

According to Famin, improving relationships is just a “small part of the work” Alpine has to do. “We need to make sure that people work well together and that we can get the best out of everyone, regardless of their nationality or where they work,” he told Motorsport-Total.com.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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