Alpine‘s season of discontent isn’t quite over, as the French outfit announced yet another big-name exit from the team ahead of 2024 Formula 1 season in the form of director of racing expansion projects Davide Brivio.
Alpine cleaned house in spectacular fashion ahead of the 2023 F1 summer break as team principal Otmar Szafnauer, CEO Laurent Rossi, sporting director Alan Permane and chief technical officer Pat Fry all left Enstone, with Bruno Famin taking over.
Brivio arrived at the team for 2021 as racing director before transitioning to overseeing the team’s racing expansion projects, including managing 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,” Brivio said. “To play a small part in some of that success will certainly be something I will cherish. I am grateful to Alpine for accommodating my wish to pursue other opportunities which may [and I hope that they will] arise in the future.”
“It’s been a proud chapter in my motorsport career to be involved in F1 with Alpine, and I’d like to thank Alpine for the opportunity to experience F1 and also for the chance to pass on some of my experience in motorsport onto its young drivers in the Alpine Academy.”
Brivio’s exit ‘by mutual consent’
The Alpine Academy is still yet to produce an F1 driver for the top team in its current iteration, with graduates Oscar Piastri and Zhou Guanyu racing for McLaren and Alfa Romeo and current junior Jack Doohan apparently not destined for an F1 seat.
Brivio is one of the last members of the old guard to exit Enstone, a transformation fired by the team’s disappointing 2023 season where they failed to close on the tradition frontrunners and were left in the dust by Aston Martin and McLaren.
Alpine dropped to sixth in the constructors’ championship from fourth in 2022, scoring over 50 points less in 2023 but managing two podiums including Esteban Ocon‘s famous trip to the Monaco rostrum.
It was a tumultuous season where the driver pairing of Ocon and Pierre Gasly – expected to be highly combustible thanks to a feud stretching back to their karting days – was actually the calmest area of the team.
Ex-Enstone advisor and four-time world champion Alain Prost even launched a scathing attack on the team, calling Szafnaeur’s regime ‘incompetent and arrogant.’
“We would like to thank Davide for his hard work and commitment over the last three seasons,” Famin told the media.
“His experience in motorsports has been extremely valuable, especially in the development and progression of the Alpine Academy. Davide’s wish is to leave Alpine to pursue other opportunities and we have accepted his desire by mutually agreeing to part ways. We extend our best wishes to him in his next chapter of an already impressive career in motorsports.”