Alpine announced further layoffs and reforms

Alpine F1 announced a change to the structure of the team’s technical department, which will be led by three technical directors instead of one.

Matt Harman, who held this position until recently, as well as Dirk de Beer, head of the aerodynamics department, were relieved of their positions – according to Alpine’s press service, this was a consequence of unsatisfactory results in 2023.

The role of technical director, responsible for the overall design aspects of the car, has been entrusted to Joe Burnell, the aerodynamics department will be led by David Wheater and chassis efficiency will be handled by Keron Pilbeam. All three technical directors will work closely together and report directly to Bruno Famen, the team leader.

Eric Maignan remains the lead engineer – work continues under his leadership on the 2026 power plant project in Viry. It is also reported that John Woods has been appointed as the team’s new Chief Operating Officer.

Alpine thanked Matt Harman and Dirk de Beer for their work and wished them success in their new careers.

Bruno Famen, team leader: “We have decided to implement these organizational changes because we clearly see that the team is not yet at the level in terms of results that we want and need to achieve. The time has come for personnel decisions and further reforms.

The new structure, consisting of three technical directors, each responsible for their own area, should ensure more efficient operation and interaction between the team’s technical departments, which will enable better results on the track.
I have full confidence in Joe, David and Caron in their ability to work closely together and help the team make the improvements they need.

Finally, I would like to thank Matt and Dirk for their efforts over the past two years and wish them all the best in the next phases of their careers.”

Source: F1 News

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