Only a week after Alpine F1 CEO Laurent Rossi hinted at a administration shakeup for subsequent season in a bid to maneuver the French automobile producer up the grid, there are mounting options that Szafnauer has been poached from Aston Martin as a part of this plan.
Based on sources with good data of the scenario, Szafnauer has agreed to the transfer in precept however there isn’t a formal affirmation but.
It’s unclear when any official announcement shall be made. It may doubtlessly come as early as this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, or it could anticipate the winter to fall in keeping with a timeline laid out by Rossi.
Each Aston Martin and Alpine have declined to touch upon the matter.
An Aston Martin spokesman stated: “It is speculative conjecture. We could not touch upon it subsequently.”
An Alpine spokesman added: “These are rumours that we aren’t going to touch upon.”
Whereas there isn’t a information but concerning the place that Szafnauer may take, it’s attainable that his arrival will immediate a wider change of construction at Alpine.
There have been indications for a while that Alpine’s racing director Davide Brivio will return to MotoGP for 2022 after deciding that he would like a return to two-wheeled racing.
If Brivio does depart, it signifies that Szafnauer may fulfil extra of a group principal function, with Alpine’s govt director Marcin Budkowski taking extra duty on the racing and technical aspect.
Rossi steered not too long ago that Alpine wanted to shake issues up for 2022 after feeling that its progress in the direction of the entrance of the grid had stalled.
Davide Brivio, Racing Director, Alpine F1, and Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1
Picture by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images
“I believe the group has moved from P9 to P5, earlier than the plateau we have reached, fairly nicely previously years,” Rossi advised Autosport.
“However now, to maneuver to the following stage and change into the most effective of the highest groups moderately than simply the most effective of the remainder, it is one other evolution that’s wanted.
“So what I need to do is to maintain the momentum of the prior season, that is why I need to maintain that fifth place. I do not need us to regress.
“We realized lots operationally this yr, in order that’s all the time a plus. We will apply that subsequent yr, however then we will must construct muscle mass to develop and transfer from P5 to P1, race after race, season after season within the subsequent few years.”
If Szafnauer’s departure is confirmed, then it’s unclear at this stage who will exchange him as group principal at Aston Martin.
The Silverstone squad not too long ago employed former McLaren group boss Martin Whitmarsh to a senior function with Aston Martin Efficiency Applied sciences, however he has been current at grands prix and could be an apparent candidate.
Talking not too long ago, Szafnauer stated he didn’t count on Whitmarsh to be concerned a lot within the F1 group – however a remaining name had not been made.
“I’d think about firstly, most of his time shall be spent rising the Aston Martin Efficiency Applied sciences space, which is the place his most up-to-date experience lies, and never focus a lot on F1,” he stated. “However the bit that hasn’t been deliberate is how a lot of his time shall be spent the place.”
Szafnauer responded to the story on Instagram, stating that “the rumours are pure media hypothesis and never based mostly on reality'”.