Instead of a team principal, Alpine will split management duties across Marcin Budkowski and Davide Brivio.
Traditionally Formula 1 teams have used team principals to lead their operations, but with Alpine’s arrival on the 2021 grid will come a new approach to managing a Formula 1 team.
Executive director of Alpine Formula 1 Marcin Budkowski, and new racing director Davide Brivio will split management duties, following the departure of former Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul during the off-season.
“Marcin will be in charge of the development of the chassis and the powertrain, so he’ll coordinate the whole development of the car,” said Alpine’s road car CEO Laurent Rossi, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“Davide will be racing director. So the two of them will work in tandem to extract the best out of the car, that has been designed to put us into the best position in the future. The rest of the team are keeping their existing line structures: to Marcin in Enstone or to myself in Viry.
“It is a bit of a different situation because it’s a new manufacturer if you will, but besides those two lines that I said, the rest stays like it was last year.”
“We went for a slightly different structure than the conventional team structure,” Budkowski added.
“At the end of the day the roles and the responsibilities are clear. It’s just we are calling them a little bit differently.
“We’re a French team at the end, and we had to put a bit of a French touch in the organisational structure as well!”
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Towards the end of 2020 Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto began spending race weekends back at the Maranello factory, leaving sporting director Laurent Mekies in charge of the team at the track.
That is something Binotto plans to do again this year, and it is an approach which Budkowski also hopes to take.
“Managing a team and going to all races is very, very difficult, for me, it’s personally great to have Davide on board. Apart from all the skills he brings from his other motorsport experiences, it means I won’t have to go to all the races,” Budkowski explained.
“It means I will probably do the majority of them, but probably start skipping a few in the second half of the season. We have somebody in Davide who has got a lot of trackside experience, a lot of soft skills, acquired as a team manager in other categories.
“He knows how to manage drivers, he knows how to motivate them, he knows how to organise a garage. It’s going to be a great contribution to have him there, and we can share the role and really make sure that we don’t leave anything without the attention that it requires.”