Reading reports, it appears that Renault, now called Alpine, may have a new management structure heading into 2021.
Reports suggest that Davide Brivio may be joining the team in a CEO role while executive director Marcin Budkowski may take over as team principal. This leaves Cyril Abiteboul moving to a different position within Alpine.
No secret I have been suggesting that Cyril should be moved out and another team boss should be given a chance to move the team forward. Cyril did a lot of heavy lifting to get the team where it is but they have stagnated and sometimes a fresh approach can push the team forward.
Brivio is well known in MotoGP ranks having delivered numerous championships for Yamaha and Suzuki. In fact, Suzuki was quite shocked at his departure.
Shinichi Sahara – Team Suzuki Ecstar Project Leader
“Sincerely, it was shocking news for us about Davide’s departure from Team Suzuki Ecstar. It feels like somebody took a part of me, because I always discussed with him how to develop the team and the bikes, and we’ve worked together for a long time.”
“A new professional challenge and opportunity suddenly came to me and in the end I decided to take it. It has been a difficult decision. The hardest part will be to leave this fabulous group of people, whom I started this project with when Suzuki rejoined the Championship. And it’s hard to say goodbye also to all the people who have arrived over the years to create this great Team. I feel sad from this point of view, but at the same time I feel a lot of motivation for this new challenge – which was the key when I had to decide between renewing my contract with Suzuki or starting a completely new experience.”
No official word from Alpine yet. It does help that Renault CEO Luca de Meo and Davide Brivio have a history together in MotoGP.