Lack of buyer crew makes it “harder” to put Alpine junior drivers in F1 – Brivio · RaceFans


Alpine’s racing director Davide Brivio has admitted it is going to be exhausting to advertise its junior drivers into F1 so long as it doesn’t have any buyer groups.

The crew has continued the junior driver programme which started in its earlier guise as Renault. Its roster embody Formulation 2 drivers Guanyu Zhou, Christian Lundgaard and Oascar Piastri, and Formulation 3 duo Caio Collet and Victor Martins.

Alpine’s rivals have junior drivers positioned with buyer or ‘accomplice’ groups in F1. Ferrari’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Mick Schumacher drive for Alfa Romeo and Haas respectively, Mercedes’ George Russell races for Williams and Pink Bull have their very own second crew, AlphaTauri.

“It’s fairly apparent, the truth that we don’t have a accomplice crew makes issues a bit bit harder as a result of the younger drivers [would have to] be included in our Alpine primary crew,” Brivio admitted.

Brivio has joined Alpine from Suzuki’s Moto GP squad, the place he was credited with selling new riders. He sees similarities between that have and F1 at this time.

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“In my earlier expertise I may respect when you’ve gotten younger athletes, rider or driver, they’re after all strongly motivated, they actually wish to obtain and they’re actually prepared to. However it needs to be all the time a great combine between expertise and expertise and likewise it will depend on the scenario.

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“I believe what we’ve got accomplished in Moto GP was additionally in a particular, historic second after we realised a couple of years in the past that there was going to be a change of technology between the riders. The highest riders have been getting outdated and doubtless getting retired so [we] wanted to create a brand new technology of riders at that stage.”

Nonetheless Brivio mentioned he doesn’t consider in selling new expertise “simply because it’s good to have younger” drivers.

“Right here in Formulation 1 there may be, after all, a brand new technology developing. And you’ll see, you possibly can respect how these younger drivers are performing for the reason that starting. But in addition we’ve got Fernando [Alonso], he’s not that younger, however he’s skilled and his expertise [is] nonetheless crucial.”

“However for positive we’ve got the academy programme, we take a look at that and if there are alternatives, it might be good to make use of it,” he added.

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