When Abitboul was speculated not to be included in the Alpine project, his departure from the Renault group is still shocking and, compared to the previous two years, he had a better season with Renault, as the team finished with three podiums, And the team won the last one in 2011.
This year the team will race under the Alpine name with two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso joining Esteban Ocon.
"The solid foundations of the racing team and the entities in France and England built over these years, the strategic evolution of the sport towards a more economically sustainable model".
"I would like to thank the Groupe Renault for having trusted me for many years, particularly with the relaunch and reconstruction of the team since 2016", Abiteboul said in a statement.
Abiteboul leaves Renault and will not lead Alpine in 2021
Big moves at Alpine, as Cyril Abiteboul walks away from the Renault sports auto sub-brand.
Despite the encouraging progress made between 2016-2018, the podium target had not been met, while Renault slipped back behind midfield rivals McLaren to fifth place during an underwhelming 2019 season.
Renault finished fifth in the constructors' standings for the past two seasons, albeit with stronger results a year ago.
Abiteboul's departure coincides with a new era and a fresh start for the Renault team under its new Alpine guise.More news: Redmi K40 series with Snapdragon 888 SoC to debut next month
"I would like to thank Luca de Meo for involving me in the construction of the Alpine Business Unit and I wish the new structure every success".
It's uncertain who will oversee the day-to-day running of the Alpine F1 outfit, but company director Marcin Budkowski is cited as a most likely replacement.
Cyril Abitboul leaves Renault's operations, the press release suggests that Laurent Rossi will take him on his designation.
Meanwhile, CEO of Renault, Luca De Mao showers appreciation and says he is grateful of Abiteboul for dedicating his years to Renault.More news: Malcolm & Marie: Zendaya and Euphoria's Sam Levinson make film
Davide Brivio, the former boss of Moto GP team Suzuki, is also expected to join to Alpine stable in some capacity.
Abiteboul, apart from a brief stint as team principal of now-defunct Caterham F1 from 2012-14, was a career Renault employee.More news: TCL Announces Two New Affordable Tablets At CES 2021