Former Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio is the new racing director of Alpine’s F1 team after longtime racing director Cyril Abiteboul left the team.

Brivio will report to new Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi as the new racing director, and an official replacement for Abiteboul has not yet been announced although his position is expected to be taken by current executive director Marcin Budkowski.

Renault CEO Luca de Meo is behind Brivio’s arrival to the team as they have known each other since the Yamaha MotoGP team in which Brivio was head of the team from 2002 to 2010.

Brivio joined Suzuki in the 2013 MotoGP series ahead of their return to MotoGP as a factory team in 2015, and in 2020 they won their first championship title in 20 years with Joan Mir.

“Suddenly a new professional challenge and opportunity arose that I decided to take on,” said Brivio.

“It was a tough decision. The hardest part was leaving this great group of people I started this project with when Suzuki returned to the championship.”

“It’s hard to say goodbye to all the people who have arrived over the years and who are making this great team.”

“On that side, I’m sad, but at the same time I feel great motivation for a new challenge which was crucial in my decision.”

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