JANUARY 7, 2021
Alpine planning half new car for 2021
As Renault transitions to Alpine for 2021, technical director Pat Fry says the team will be able to roll out a "half new" car for the forthcoming world championship.
Italian publications La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere della Sera are reporting that MotoGP team Suzuki's boss Davide Brivio is set to join Alpine for 2021 as CEO.
"The press release is expected on Thursday," La Gazzetta claims, while others believe the announcement will be on January 8.
"Brivio will take over from Cyril Abiteboul, while Marcin Budkowski will take over the role of team principal," the Italian newspaper added.
Corriere della Sera says current team boss Abiteboul will get a promotion to a higher management role.
Fernando Alonso is returning to the Enstone based team for 2021 in Daniel Ricciardo's place, and according to technical boss Fry he will have a substantially different car to race.
"While most parts of the car are homologated and cannot be changed, there are actually still quite a few things that are open," Fry is quoted by Marca sports newspaper.
"You can't make a completely new car, but you can do a half new car. I think everyone will want to do that."
The biggest regulation change for 2021 relates to the aerodynamics of the floor, which Fry claims is neither "small nor insignificant".
"It changes the aerodynamics at the rear of the car quite dramatically, so it will be a case of who manages to deal the best with that. We'll have to see how it affects the pecking order," he added.