In the run-up to a new Formula 1 season, several teams are at the beginning of a new era, as is the case of what used to be Renault F1 Team, now turned to Alpine, that, on the way to its metamorphosis, announced on January 17 that Davide Brivio joined the team in the role of Racing Director.
Given this, for the personnel that will shape the new team it has not been possible to know each other completely due to travel restrictions due to COVID-19, however, Esteban Ocon has already had an approach with those who are set to be his new bosses.
"We haven't been to Enstone, unfortunately, it's a little bit complicated to travel and with all the restrictions we haven't been able, but we kept in touch a lot on the phone with all the members of the team, with the new bosses as well,” Ocon told Motorsport.com.
Having then virtually met with Brivio and new Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi, the French driver has now only flattering words for Alpine's new management.
"We look to be in good hands, they are really motivated and really humble, and they are trying to help as much as they can, so that's all very positive. But yeah, as soon as we are going to be able to travel again to the UK, we will do so."
"So I had them on the phone two times already, Laurent Rossi and Davide Brivio, we met by videoconference. And then we spoke for a very long time. As I said they are very, very motivated, they are big fans of motorsport.”
Knowing of the success the team's new Racing Director has already had in the Moto GP championship, gives Esteban an encouraging outlook for what the future holds in F1 for Alpine.
"Obviously Davide is very successful in MotoGP, in his world, and he is hungry to develop the team even a further step. So I had a good feeling, and I feel we are in good hands, so this is good news."
Davide Brivio joins Alpine F1 Team as Racing Director— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) January 17, 2021
We are delighted to confirm Davide Brivio will strengthen our team ahead of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship season.
His specific role and responsibilities will be announced in the coming weeks.