Formula One: Engine head Taffin leaves Alpine F1 team

Taffin had been part of Renault's involvement in Formula One since 1999, engineering Fernando Alonso to his world titles in 2005 and 2006, and had overall responsibility for the power unit developed at Viry-Chatillon, near Paris.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Alpine won the Hungarian Grand Prix with Esteban Ocon on August 1, the last race before Formula One's three-week August break.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The A1pine Formula One team have parted company with its long-serving engine technical director Remi Taffin, it confirmed on Monday.

A spokeswoman said the Frenchman left by mutual agreement in early July.

Taffin had been part of Renault's involvement in Formula One since 1999, engineering Fernando Alonso to his world titles in 2005 and 2006, and had overall responsibility for the power unit developed at Viry-Chatillon, near Paris.

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Alpine won the Hungarian Grand Prix with Esteban Ocon on August 1, the last race before Formula One's three-week August break.

Formula One has agreed to an engine 'freeze' to run until the sport introduces a new power unit in 2025 with a specification yet to be finalised.

Alpine, which has Spaniard Alonso as its other driver, is the only one of the 10 teams to use Renault engines, with Mercedes supplying four, Ferrari three and Honda two.

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