It was revealed yesterday that Alpine is parting ways with Rémi Taffin, shortly after Esteban Ocon’s victory. This is part of director Laurent Rossi’s plan to improve the team.
Taffin worked for the Renault team for 20 years, helping Fernando Alonso to his consecutive world titles in 2005 and 2006. In 2016, he was promoted to Engine Technical Director, taking responsibility for the power unit developed at Viry-Châtillon.
The rumour circuit is now linking him to a move to Red Bull and the new Red Bull Powertrain company. Taffin would not be the first rival team member to be snapped up by Red Bull. Earlier, Mercedes’ Ben Hodgkinson joined the team, who will become the technical director of Red Bull Powertrains. In addition to Hodgkinson, five other announcements were made, including Steve Blewett and Omid Mostaghimi.
The new Red Bull Powertrains team will be set up to take over engine development when Honda withdraws from Formula 1 at the end of 2021. So Red Bull is busy setting up an entirely new team, so who knows, maybe Taffin will join it as well.