Months after taking over as temporary CEO at Alpine, Cyril Abiteboul has been replaced by former Google executive Laurent Rossi.
While his appointment to the Alpine road-car division was originally publicised as a short-term gig in September 2020, his departure from the F1 team has come as a surprise to the sport.
"I would like to warmly thank Cyril for his tireless involvement, which notably led the Renault F1 Team from the penultimate place in 2016 to the podiums last season," Renault CEO Luca de Meo said on the announcement.
Above: Incoming Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi. Top: Cyril Abiteboul.
"His remarkable work in F1 since 2007 allows us to look to the future, with a strong team and the new Alpine F1 Team identity to conquer the podiums this year."
Laurent Rossi will take the top job at Alpine, overseeing endurance racing and the sports car company's Formula One campaign.
Rossi spent nearly a decade in the mechanical engineering department at Renault before moving to the US in 2009, eventually working at Google for six years. He returned to Renault in 2018 as director of strategy and business development.