Alpine formalizes the return of Flavio Briatore as executive advisor

Alpine formalizes the return of Flavio Briatore as executive advisor

Before starting free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday, Alpine formalized the return of Flavio Briatore to its ranks. Heiress to the Renault team, of which the Italian businessman was the boss during the world titles won in 2005 and 2006 by Fernando Alonso, the French brand hired him as “executive advisor”.

As expected at the end of May, he would act in a supervisory role, responsible for example for helping to recruit engineers and other forces to strengthen the teams at Enstone (chassis/aero) and Viry-Châtillon (engine).

Briatore also managed the Benetton team (1988-1997) before being called up by Renault (2000-2009). His mandate in France ended abruptly with the “crashgate” scandal in September 2009. During the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, the Italian asked Nelson Piquet Jr to deliberately cause an accident in order to benefit Fernando Alonso. , which had then imposed itself. The Brazilian’s revelations led to an investigation by the International Federation (FIA).

Suspended for life before agreement with FIA

Found guilty of cheating, Briatore was suspended for life from the world of Formula 1. But in January 2010, this sanction was deemed irregular by a Parisian court. The legal battle ended with an agreement between the FIA, Briatore and engineer Pat Symonds (also found guilty of cheating) in which they undertook to no longer hold operational functions in F1 until the end of 2012.

Twelve years later, Briatore arrives at Alpine, in bad shape with only five points in the constructors’ standings (8th out of 10) and a free seat for 2025 with the departure of Esteban Ocon at the end of the season.

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