Eric Boullier – candidate to replace Szafnauer
During the race weekend in Miami, the conflict between Alpine executive director Laurent Rossi and team leader Otmar Szafnauer went public
During the race weekend in Miami, the conflict between Alpine executive director Laurent Rossi and team leader Otmar Szafnauer went public - Rossi was dissatisfied with the team's results in the first races of the season and openly blamed Szafnauer for this.
One British journalist writes that Alpine has already begun to consider candidates for the position of team leader, and Eric Boullier is on the list of candidates, who already headed the team from Enstone when the team was called Renault/Lotus.
Joe Saward: «The problem with the team is that it does not perform at the level that Alpine bosses want to see. Rossi made it clear that he needs results, otherwise heads will fly. But the heads may not fly, because, in fact, he said: "Fix everything!", so the responsible persons still have time.
However, there are already rumors about possible replacements, but Alpine has a problem related to the fact that several of the best candidates were fired from the team at the time, and it is unlikely that they will want to return. This means that the circle of potential candidates is very small.
I heard the name spoken in a whisper – Eric Boullier, who had already managed the team in the past, but left after the owners could not find financing. Eric moved to McLaren, where he was caught in the crossfire of warring factions.
In addition, there are rumors about possible reshuffles at McLaren if the results do not improve, as shareholders are dissatisfied with the current state of affairs. Rumors are rumors, but let's see what really happens».