At the end of last season, Budkowski was linked with a possible role at Aston Martin, and the recent departure of team manager Otmar Szafnauer opened up a potential opportunity for the Silverstone squad.
Szafnauer’s name has also been mentioned in connection with Alpine in what would be a direct exchange of two of F1’s key figures.
Budkowski joined the then Renault team in 2018 in a surprise move from the FIA. He served as number two for former team manager Cyril Abiteboul until the end of the 2020 season.
Following the transition to the Alpine brand, Budkowski worked alongside new race director Davide Brivio in 2020, with both men overseen by Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi, who was the link to Renault senior management.
The team specifies that “Rossi will temporarily manage the team to allow everyone to focus on preparing for the next season”, indicating that a new, more permanent structure will be announced soon.
“I would like to thank Marcin Budkowski for his commitment and contribution to the team’s results over the past four years,” said Rossi.
“The team is completely focused on getting the car ready for the first race in Bahrain and on top performance.”
Laurent Rossi, CEO, Alpine F1, and Marcin Budkowski, Executive Director, Alpine F1
Photo By: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
“I really enjoyed being part of the management team of Renault and then of the Alpine F1 Team,” said Budkowski.
“To work with such a talented and dedicated group of people. I will watch the team’s progress lovingly over the coming seasons.
Budkowski has worked in aerodynamic roles at Prost, Ferrari and McLaren, becoming head of aerodynamics at the latter in 2012.
He joined the FIA in October 2014, and like his fellow former F1 engineer Laurent Mekies, he was prepared to eventually take over some of the responsibilities of Charlie Whiting.
He became the technical and sporting coordinator of the FIA F1 in April 2015, and head of the F1 technical department in January 2017. However, frustrated by an apparent lack of opportunities to progress, he decided to resume a team role at Renault the following year. .