Briatore confident for the futureAlpine : “In 2026, I will win races, Alpine will be on the podium »

In an interview with Italian radio Rai, Flavio Briatore assured thatAlpine would indeed play ahead in 2026.

Published on 03/07/2024 à 10:33

Yannis Duval

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Briatore confident for the futureAlpine : “In 2026, I will win races, Alpine will be on the podium »

Briatore wants to take Alpine at the top. ©DPPI

Flavio Briatore was part of the past after the famous Crashgate, in Singapore, September 28, 2008. Nearly 16 years after his total eviction from the world Formula 1,  Alpine/Renault decided to recall him as “executive advisor”. The one who brought the French brand to the top in the 2000s (and who immediately brought it back down), returns to the paddocks with… maximum ambition!

The Italian manager doesn't hide it, he didn't come back to Formula 1 to laze around or just to showcaseAlpine. The objective is clear, to propel the French brand to the forefront very quickly…

“In 2026, I will win races. Alpine will be on the podium. This year there are too many handicaps, but we are in the process of reshaping the whole team, Briatore told Italian radio Rai. I received full powers from Luca de Meo (Renault Group general manager, editor's note) and this is what I am used to. I guarantee it: in two seasons, we will be talking about podiums. I'm here because I want to be. I'm not doing this for the money, I wanted to come back to Formula 1 to help this team. I decided to come back to Enstone for the third time, but only to win. I've turned down many offers to come back to F1, but I said yes to this one because it's sexy and because I'm sentimental. »

At the age of 74, we are entitled to wonder if Flavio Briatore will really be 100% involved in the project Alpine and above all if he will be able to commit to the long term. While he recently had heart surgery, the Italian manager preferred to reassure everyone about his state of health, that said… in his own way: “ My heart works! You won't believe it, but I have feelings now. »

Can the past embody the future? WhileAlpine continues its reconstruction little by little with a view to the 2026 season, including the non-extension ofEsteban Ocon et the arrival of several engineers from Ferrari and Red Bull, Flavio Briatore's return to Enstone may inevitably make some people skeptical...

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

03/07/2024 at 04:41 a.m.

"Il Magnifico" Flavio ... in 2026, with a propeller bearing a star, hence his claim to put Alpine in the front of the scene ! What if he was only there to make the bride sexier in order to sell her to a new entrant in F1... Flavio the king of mystifiers?

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