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Alpine clarifies management structure

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01/04/2021

Along with a major rebrand and a new driver line-up, Alpine has a new management structure... unfortunately nobody understands what it is.

The French team has a racing director, who is understood not to visit the factory - an executive director - who does work at the factory and attends some of the races - but no team principal.

"We do have some sort of 'super technical director' in the person of Marcin (Budkowski), explains Alpine CEO, Laurent Rossi (pictured), "who sits in the factory mostly but he comes to some of the races.

"Secondly, we do have a racing director in the person of Davide (Brivio)," he continued, "but he doesn't only come to the races, he is also in the factory.

"In fact, the sharing of responsibilities is very clear," he insists, "in fact, among the three of us. If you look at all the other teams, I challenge you of finding a similar structure in each of the teams.

"At the end of the day it's just how you split the responsibilities. In our case we pretty much know that a car is essentially an evolving prototype from race one until the end of the last race, so Marcin will bring the best out of the PU in Viry and the chassis in Enstone, bring it on the track, work alongside Davide to improve that car over time and at the end of the day the two of them will have 80-90% of the team principal responsibilities and the rest falls into my remit."

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1. Posted by Simon in Adelaide, 02/04/2021 5:02

"Project management 1.01

The object is to make sure you cannot be responsible hence there are two options for management structure:

1. Shared responsibility. This is where accountability is shared but, if no one is going to be accountable then no one can be responsible.

2. The fall guy. This where you make sure you have some one to be accountable that way you cannot be responsible."

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2. Posted by Lapps, 01/04/2021 18:25

"The proof of the pudding is in the results of course! So far it is looking as if “come back Cyril” would be the best option. "

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3. Posted by kenji, 01/04/2021 13:39

"Innovation is fine...if it works! I do wonder about this strange situation. IMO clear lines of demarcation are necessary to cover the issue of responsibility and timing. Time will tell..."

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