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Formula One great Alain Prost the latest big-name to leave Alpine team

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Four-time world champion Alain Prost is the latest big name to leave French Formula One team Alpine’s management structure, AFP learnt on Monday from a source close to the matter.

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Alain Prost, who took the drivers’ title in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993, will no longer be a non-executive director of Alpine for the 2022 season, following the team’s decision not to renew his annual contract.  

The ex-Renault driver had an ambassador/consultant role within the team for Renault’s return to F1 in 2016, before being appointed non-executive director in 2019. 

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Rebranded as Alpine at the start of the 2021 season, the team, whose engines are made in France and chassis in England, is undergoing a major restructuring under its president Laurent Rossi. 

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Last week, Marcin Budkowski left his post as executive director, opening the door for the American Otmar Szafnauer, who has just left his position as general manager of Aston Martin. 

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Alpine is keeping its drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon for the 2022 season, which is due to start on March 20 in Bahrain for a record calendar of 23 Grands Prix.

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