Otmar Szafnauer’s career in Formula 1 continues. This time with the announcement of him becoming the new team principal of BWT Alpine F1 Team. There has been a shuffle around of Bruno Famin and Davide Brivio in order to make things work and the goal is to become faster, stronger and more agile on the track. With Otmar bringing knowledge across from Aston Martin, it will be interesting to see how he gels with the two drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.
Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine, commented: “With Otmar and Bruno joining the team, we move to a new level for 2022. Otmar will bring his unique experience in motorsports and his uncompromising desire to win, while Bruno’s proven track record in building technologies that make a difference in competition and their subsequent transference to road cars is critical for our project as a sports team and as a brand. Over the past year I have seen Davide’s talent to identify the best in people, and to make them perform as well as they can. I am delighted to utilize this unique skill across all existing Alpine assets and new ones we are just starting to explore. Our band of racers is complete and ready to bring the team towards its ambitious objectives in 2022.”
Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal of BWT Alpine F1 Team, added: “I am thrilled to join BWT Alpine F1 Team and ready to get to work with everyone to achieve our challenge: bring the team to fight for the Championship within the next 100 races. My attention is focused on preparing for the start of the season in Bahrain. As one of the three car manufacturers involved in Formula 1, Alpine is fully armed to achieve its ambition, I can’t wait to start the journey!”
Bruno Famin, Executive Director of Alpine Racing, said: “It’s great to be back in competition, and even greater to join Alpine, with such ambition and unique engineering capacities. Viry-Châtillon is among the greatest factories one could dream of, I can’t wait to join its amazing talents, and to work closely with the teams in Enstone, Dieppe, Les Ulis and Boulogne-Billancourt.”
Davide Brivio, Director of Racing Expansion Projects, declared: “Alpine’s band of racers is a key to its long-term performance, and I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to the exciting ambition to shape a new culture within racing that is responsible and inclusive. Formula 1 is a flagship, but we also need to develop our ambition in new territories, and I am ready to support Laurent Rossi towards this goal.”