‘He Knows Racing Very Well’ – Grosjean Backs New Alpine F1 Chief Brivio

Published 02/08/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on as drivers line up on the grid for a photo prior to day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


As a part of rebranding Renault, Alpine F1 also shook up the team’s management. The team replaced Cyril Abiteboul with Davide Brivio following the winter management overhaul at the team. Romain Grosjean, in a recent interview, stated that Alpine F1 is in good hands with their new team principal.

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Even though he bid his farewell to Formula 1 after the 2020 season, the Frenchman is still in contact with the F1 grid and is following Alpine F1’s rebranding process. He expressed that Brivio working for the team could be very positive.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

“I’ve been watching and following the changes and I think I was quite surprised,” said Grosjean.

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“He knows racing very well, so I’m hoping that for Renault it’s a good move. And also Marcin at the top of the factory now could be good,” Grosjean shared further.

Grosjean wishes Alpine F1 the best for their debut season

Romain was a Renault junior driver in his early years in Formula 1. He raced for the team in 2009 and also from 2012 to 2015. The Frenchman is also a MotoGP fan, and citing Brivio‘s performance in the series, he wished his home team luck on their new campaign.

He said, “I know a little bit [about] Brivio, the Suzuki guy. I’m a huge MotoGP fan, so I’ve been watching obviously his course in MotoGP and watching the championship that they won with the riders.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Fernando Alonso poses for a picture with the Renault R25 before driving a lap Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

“I wish them the best. It’s still 10 years of my life Renault. So I really wish them the best and I hope they can build on what they have done last year. It should be good.”

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Alpine F1 is also hosting the former world champion, Fernando Alonso this season, who will drive alongside Esteban Ocon. The team is hoping to build on their 2020 performance and climb the championship standings.

The midfield battle is getting more and more fierce each season. Do you believe Alpine F1 can come out on top of the battle this season?

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