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Alpine Faces New Challenges as Davide Brivio Departs, Signaling a Shift in Team Leadership

In a significant turn of events, Davide Brivio has announced his departure from Alpine’s F1 team, concluding a pivotal three-year period. His exit underscores the continuous evolution in the team’s leadership structure.

Key Takeaways:

  • End of an Era: Davide Brivio, who transitioned to Alpine in 2021 from Suzuki’s MotoGP team, will be leaving his role as Director of Racing Expansion Projects by the end of 2023. This marks the end of his significant contribution to Alpine and opens a new chapter in his career.
  • Brivio’s Impact: Brivio played a critical role at Alpine, especially in applying his motorsport expertise to the team and the Alpine Academy. He has been a driving force in nurturing young talents and has expressed his pride in being a part of Alpine’s Formula 1 journey.
  • Team Dynamics: Alpine’s sixth-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship this year came amidst a series of leadership changes, including the departures of Otmar Szafnauer and Alan Permane. Bruno Famin, currently the Interim Team Principal, faces an uncertain future as Alpine navigates through these transitions.

The departure of Davide Brivio from Alpine’s Formula 1 team at the close of 2023 marks a significant shift in the team’s leadership and strategic direction. Brivio, who joined the team in 2021, brought an extensive background from his time with Suzuki’s MotoGP team. His role as Director of Racing Expansion Projects was pivotal in shaping Alpine’s future trajectory.

Reflecting on his tenure, Brivio commented:

“It has been a proud chapter in my motorsport career to be involved in Formula 1 with Alpine. I would like to thank Alpine for the opportunity to experience Formula 1 which was my desire and also for the chance to pass on some of my experience in motorsport onto its young drivers in the Alpine Academy.

“I wish the team and the Academy the best in the future and I’m sure we will see many young drivers go on to achieve fantastic things in their careers. To play a small part in some of that success will certainly be something I will cherish.”

Alpine’s recent performance, culminating in a sixth-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship, highlights the team’s adaptability during times of internal changes. The earlier exits of key figures like Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer and Sporting Director Alan Permane, followed by Brivio’s announcement, signal a significant period of transition. While Bruno Famin has temporarily taken over as Interim Team Principal, Alpine’s long-term leadership structure for the 2024 season remains uncertain. The team’s response to these changes will be critical in defining their future in the competitive world of Formula 1 racing.

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