Davide Brivio will join Renault's Alpine Formula One team as racing director from the MotoGP motorcycle championships.
Brivio's departure from reigning MotoGP champions Suzuki was announced on Jan. 7 amid speculation he was heading for the Renault-owned F1 team that has been renamed as Alpine, as Renault CEO Luca de Meo looks to increase the visibility and reach of the sports-car brand.
Renault has announced the departure of team principal Cyril Abiteboul but have yet to say who will take his place at the helm. That role has been expected to go to executive director Marcin Budkowski. The team said Brivio will report to Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi. The team issued a short statement confirming Brivio’s role.
"Italy is a source of excellence, engineers, mechanics, professionals who have Formula One in their DNA so I chose an Italian, Davide Brivio, as Racing Director, the head of our racing team," de Meo – who himself is Italian -- told the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
"Sure, he's an outgoing MotoGP world champion, with Suzuki, on two wheels,” de Meo said. "But it doesn't matter if there are four wheels on this side,” he added. “He's an excellent professional, he knows the flavor of a track, the importance of having a close-knit team, giving each one a specific role, he knows how to organize the work."