Renault Group has announced a reshuffle in its management structure, with Philippe Krief succeeding Laurent Rossi as Alpine CEO.

Krief has vast experience in motorsport departments, working for organisations such as Michelin and the Fiat Group.

In 2016, he was appointed to the role of Director of Engineering at Ferrari before joining Alpine this year as its VP of Engineering and Product Performance in February.

Renault says that Rossi will now “focus on special projects linked to the transformation of the Group”.

“I would like to thank Laurent for his unwavering commitment over the last two years at the helm of Alpine,” said Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo. 

“Laurent has set out a clear and ambitious strategy for the brand. He has put Alpine in the best possible position to achieve its long-term goals. 

“Alpine is now ready to enter a new phase of its development and to become a brand of the future. 

“Philippe combines a long industry experience, great technical knowledge with the leadership qualities that are key to the success of our project, including the launch of the brand’s new vehicles starting next year. 

“I fully trust Philippe and his team to take Alpine to new heights.”

In 2021, Rossi outlined a 100-race project that would see it become a consistent podium contender by the 2024 season.

It endured a positive 2022 campaign and bested rivals McLaren to fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.

However, Rossi was outspoken earlier this year over Alpine’s performance during the opening stages of the 2023 season, labelling it as “amateurish”.

Recently, Alpine made other changes to its senior structure, promoting F1 engine chief Bruno Famin to vice president of Alpine Motorsports.

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