Suzuki has confirmed that their team principal Davide Brivio is departing from the team and will be joining newly-rebranded french Formula 1 team Alpine as CEO. Brivio has spent almost a decade as Suzuki’s team manager in MotoGP, clinching Team’s title last season with Joan Mir claiming Riders’.
Brivio is anticipated to take on a senior position within the team, with current Executive Director Marcin Budkowski, also expected to take on the greater role following its transition from Renault. It is also speculated that perhaps the current team boss Cyril Abiteboul would take a senior position while Budkowski would move to become the team principal.
“A new professional challenge and opportunity suddenly came to me and in the end, I decided to take it,” said Brivio in a statement released by Suzuki. “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 re-joined the championship.”
“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,” says Brivio.
Suzuki initially struggled during the early stages of its MotoGP return but emerged as a regular front-runner prior to its title-winning 2020 season. “Achieving a MotoGP title is something that will remain in the Suzuki history books and it will always have a special place in my life memories,” he said.“I would like to deeply thank all the Suzuki management for their trust and confidence in me, which they had since the beginning. “I would like to thank every single member of our MotoGP group in Japan and at the track, all the Suzuki network, and of course all the riders who rode for the team in this period, especially Joan and Alex who did a great 2020 season.”
Looking back at the last year’s Italian Grand Prix, Renault boss Luca de Meo reflected on Alpine’s restructuring: “We need to simplify the chain of command,” he said. “We need to have responsibilities for the different parts. One thing to do is to develop a dealer network, the other is to run a Formula 1 team, so you need someone who kind of pulls the ropes. But trust us: we can organise this sort of thing. We do it on the other brands and Cyril is part of the story for sure, a big part of the story.”