Ferrari’s Laurent Mekies to replace Franz Tost as AlphaTauri team principal

Ferrari sporting director Laurent Meckis will replace Franz Tost as boss of the AlphaTauri Formula One team after the 2023 season.

Mekies will take over as team principal at a date yet to be determined, with long-serving boss Tost moving into a consultant role.

AlphaTauri, Red Bull’s other F1 team, will also appoint former FIA executive Peter Baer as CEO later this year.

Mekies will oversee the day-to-day operations of the team, with AlphaTauri saying CEO Bayer will be in a “strategically focused role”.

Toast has been a mainstay of the Italy-based team, which previously ran under the name Toro Rosso (Italian for Red Bull), since arriving on the grid in 2005.

He joined as team principal and was tasked with guiding the early careers of Red Bull junior drivers, including Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz.

Tost also oversaw the team’s two F1 race victories, both of which came via Vettel in 2008 and Gasly in 2020 at Monza.

“First of all, I would like to thank Dietrich Mateschitz, who gave me the incredible opportunity to be Team Principal of Scuderia Toro Rosso and Scuderia AlphaTauri for the last 18 years,” Tost said in a team news release.

“It has been a true privilege to lead the team for such a long period and it has been a great pleasure to work with so many motivated and skilled people who share my passion for Formula One.”

Mekies first worked at the team under Tost as race engineer, before moving on to roles including chief engineer and head of vehicle performance.

In 2014, Meckiz left Toro Rosso to become safety director and deputy race director for racing’s governing body, the FIA, before joining Ferrari in 2018.