Alpine F1 confirm Davide Brivio as new Racing Director

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The rebranded Alpine F1 Team announced Sunday morning that ex-MotoGP Suzuki boss Davide Brivio will join the French outfit as racing director from 2021.

Brivio’s appointment is the latest part of the restructuring process that has been instigated by Renault’s CEO Luca de Meo, who took up his role in July 2020 after leaving Seat. The Milan-born 53-year-old businessman started a major shake-up that first saw Laurent Rossi take over as the new CEO of the Renault-controlled Alpine brand.

The team, which is set to be rebranded as Alpine for this season, recently announced the shock departure of Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul. The French outfit is yet to announce Abiteboul’s successor, but the team’s Executive Director, Marcin Budkowski is tipped to take over the role.

The rebranded team will not only have a new name and new faces at the senior level of its structure, but it will also have a new driver line up with Fernando Alonso rejoining the team to partner Esteban Ocon, who joined the Enstone-based squad at the start of 2020.

Alpine F1 Team has now announced that Davide Brivio will join the outfit as Racing Director as of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.

"We are delighted to confirm Davide Brivio will strengthen our team ahead of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship season,” read a short statement from the team.

The Italian joined MotoGP in November 2001 when he became the Team Manager of the Yamaha MotoGP outfit after working for the Japanese manufacturer at its WSKB team. Brivio joined Suzuki in April 2013 and helped the team secure its first championship title with Joan Mir since 2000. On January 7, the Italian announced that he would part ways with the Team Suzuki Ecstar after 8 years.

"His specific role and responsibilities will be announced in the coming weeks. Davide will report to the Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi.

"Davide joins the Alpine F1 Team with a wealth of experience and success following more than 20 years in the MotoGP World Championship. We look forward to welcoming Davide as we start the next stage of our Formula 1 journey."