Davide Brivio ‘Still Trying to Verify’ What He Brings to Alpine F1 Team

Published 04/25/2021, 1:33 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during qualifying REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


The Alpine F1 Team underwent a massive overhaul in the off-season. While the rebrand and the homecoming of Fernando Alonso garnered more attention, the key backroom appointments are going to define their long-term future. One of them is Davide Brivio, who is still finding his footing with them.

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There was an air of surprise last year when rumours were linking the Renault Group to Davide Brivio. He had just finished the 2020 Moto GP season with Yamaha, winning the title with Joan Mir. And then the French manufacturer pounced to have him on board.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

But, as opposed to having him as the Team Principal, he is part of a group of three leaders of Alpine. Alongside Marcin Budkowski, he will share the director duties while reporting to Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO. But he still has not exactly figured out what his role within the team would be.

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“As for what I can bring from my experience, I am still trying to verify it,” Brivio told Quattroruote.

” I hope that a slightly external point of view can be useful. Maybe it can serve to stimulate reflection on something that seems obvious to those who have always lived in this environment.”

The Alpine director divulged the difference between F1 & Moto GP

While they are still part of the motorsports community, managing an F1 Team is different to a Moto GP Team. An F1 Team has a much bigger scale of operations, with larger investments from the hierarchy above –

“The environment is different, much bigger, with many more people: I would also say much more engineering.”

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And about the drivers, he said, “In Formula 1 the driver works harder, spends much more time with the team, because everything is analyzed in a more scrupulous way, involving many more people: he has to do with more engineers, he has to spend more time in meetings, collect and process more information, to be taken into account even when driving.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Another thing is that when a Moto GP rider is out on track, he is all alone. There are no strategic discussions unlike in F1, “When the driver is on the track he is in direct contact via radio with the pits.” Let’s hope that he can fit in and thrive at Alpine in the coming future.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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