An F1 team owned by an automotive company is always liable to spring a nasty surprise on that team – as Toyota, Honda and BMW showed a few years ago. The last couple of years have been a worrying time for the Renault-badged Enstone team, which has recently been re-labelled as Alpine.
Carlos Ghosn, boss of the automotive giant Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, was arrested in November 2018 in Japan on financial charges. He escaped Japan while awaiting trial in December 2019, secreted in a cargo box in a plane headed for Lebanon.
With Ghosn incapacitated by his arrest, he was replaced at Renault in June 2019 by Jean-Dominique Senard as Renault’s chairman and interim CEO Clotilde Delbos, who would assume that position until a permanent replacement was found. That replacement was announced in January as Luca de Meo, former SEAT president.