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Alpine F1 CEO Rossi “proud” of Szafnauer signing

Although Szafnauer has endured some difficult weeks, after finding himself at the centre of F1s driver market silly season when Alpine lost Fernando Alonso to Aston Martin and Oscar Piastri to McLaren, Rossi has only praise for him.

Rossi says that despite what happened on the driver front, with the team still upset in regards to a insufficient loyalty shown from Piastri, he could be adamant Szafnauer is delivering in assisting drive Alpines competitiveness forwards since he overran the reigns in March.

Even though some have suggested there exists a blurred management structure at Alpine that is not helping matters, Rossi says things are absolutely superior internally given that things have settled down in the squad.

Otmar may be the boss, and that is been the case since he arrived, explained Rossi.

We’d a transition period for me personally to handover a few matters, but Otmar is, incidentally, among the hires I’m most pleased with.

He’s delivering each day since he arrived, and may be the boss. On topics like [drivers] we stay close, so we knew all the developments.

We’d agree sometimes on maximums, limits, boundaries, because, needless to say, we have to be aligned, and I have to know [what is happening]. But there is no real disconnection between us.

While Rossi is not just as much in the general public eye this season as before, he says that is clearly a consequence of him choosing to slot Szafnauer into the team as its boss.

Previously, the team had a management structure with three chiefs Rossi, former executive director Marcin Budkowski and racing director Davide Brivio.

Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal, Alpine F1

Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal, Alpine F1

Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images

On the winter, Budkowski left the squad and Brivio moved right into a new role overseeing young drivers along with other competitive projects for Alpine.

With Szafnauer set up, Rossi says it had been always his intention to step back and he really wants to further get less involved with F1 to any extent further.

This past year I was very mixed up in team, mostly because there is no team principal, he said.

There is a dependence on management to be there, and I had a need to know how the team operates before I made the changes I wish to make, that i did.

I really believe they’re working: and on the right track we deliver, that is the most crucial incidentally in the activity. So i quickly need to have a distance.

This season, for example, in the initial half of the growing season, I was here roughly two grands prix out of three, that is already still an excessive amount of. I’ll be here one GP out of two by the finish of the entire year, maybe even less. And that is normal.

I’ve 17 reports to accomplish, including one for F1. I must build cars, I must expand the dealership network. I must consider go-to-market strategies, marketing, and building the brand. The 16 other reports are just as important because the F1 one, maybe even more, because it will fund it at some time. So it is certainly normal that I disappear a little.

Just as that Luca [de Meo, Renault CEO] isn’t on my back constantly because he knows all the essential decisions, I never have a decision that’s critical without him weighing in, or at least approving it or chiming in and giving his opinion.

Otmar and I work exactly the same way. I just am linked to him and I understand everything that’s going on.

Otmar may be the boss. I trust him fully, and he could be doing a fantastic job. So that it gives me that satisfaction and I trust he could be likely to continue growing the team.

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