Alpine Exécutive Director, Marcin Budkowski, Hopes to Learn From and Replicate Ferrari

Published 03/07/2021, 11:30 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)


The executive director of Alpine, Marcin Budkowski, has stated that he wants to make the team like Ferrari when they were dominating in the 2000s. Budkowski saw the Italian team in all its glory, and he pointed out that it was a privilege to see them when they were dominating at their peak.

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The director hopes to bring that knowledge into Alpine and believes he can make the team dominate the sport, just like Ferrari. As Alpine begins their new journey in Formula One, Fernando Alonso will accompany them alongside his new teammate, Esteban Ocon.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 04: Esteban Ocon of France driving the Renault Sport Formula One Team RS19 during day two of F1 End of Season Testing in Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Alpine will draw inspiration from Ferrari, says Budkowski

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Marcin Budkowski said, “It was another time. I was very lucky in my career, I was an engineer, I helped develop the car. Now I’m in a leadership role a lot and I contribute to the performance of the team rather than the car.”

He added, “It is remarkable to have been part of such a successful organization, which has dominated the sport. You remember some things that you used to do well, and that’s clearly something that I take inspiration from now in my role as a team manager, to try to build a team as strong as the one we had back then.”

The team gets a makeover for the new year

When Renault was being morphed into Alpine for the 2021 season, the team had to make some changes while heading into their new chapter. The most shocking was the departure of Cyril Abiteboul.

Though the team was not able to get a replacement for Abiteboul, the responsibilities will be divided between Marcin Budkowski and Davide Brivio in the upcoming season.

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Further, Alpine will be getting a two-time world champion in the form of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, who will be behind the wheel in 2021. The duo will hope that they can take the French team to the top of the grid in its debut season.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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