Thursday, March 4, 2021

Some Assorted Alpine F1 Team News

Just Playin’ Ketsup on Der Vurld de Motorsporten again, Ja-Ja!


As Y’all are painfully aware of, your Humble No Fenders Scribe Tomaso has been battling the whims of upgrading to winDOUGHS 10 and a Coherent Zoomtext Screen Reader the past year’s plus time now, Urgh! With this story partially intended to serve as the bridge to Blogmeister  Miguel updating the No Fenders F1 Team links section whenever possible…


As All astute Formula 1 Aficionados already know, the Renault F1 Team has rebranded itself as the Alpine F1 Team beginning with the 2021 Formula 1 season.


Along with the departure of former Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul, whom presumably has gotten his new Tatoo courtesy of former Renault F1 Driver DannyRick’, aka Daniel Ricciardo, after the Aussie scored the first of his two podium finishes last year, but I digress…


As Cyril as been replaced  by Davide Brivio, the former Team Boss of the Suzuki MotoGP team that won last year’s MotoGP riders title with Joan Mir. As I’ve got Zero Clue if Suzuki has named his replacement yet?


Ant Grizzled F1 Journo’ Joe Saward previously noted that Abiteboul has previous ties to Carlos Tavares, who’s now in charge of the newly formed Automotive Behemoth named Stellantis, which is the new name of the Fiat-chrysler Peugeot merger that encompasses 14 major Automotive brands.


As Joe, who after all Knows F1! Notes that Stellantis’s current Formula 1 alliance is thru it’s Alfa Romeo F1 Team sponsorship, who currently occupy the back of the F1 Grid. As might Abiteboul land there in a new Management role?


Although I’ll take a wild Arse guess and ponder if Cyril might become the public face of Peugeot’s forthcoming Sports Car programme instead?


Meanwhile as we all know, alpine’s latest recruit Fredrico Suave, aka Fred Alonso suffered a bicycling accident IN EARLY February While training in Switzerland for the upcoming F1 season. Undergoing Surgery to his Upper Jaw, whilst the last News I saw claimed that Fernando had been released from Hospital and would resume training shortly.


As Alonso will reportedly be ready for the 2021 Formula 1 season beginning March 28th at Bahrain, and will also be present for the now ridiculously short 3-Day F1 Test Session also at Bahrain March 12-14th.


ALTHOUGH INTERESTINGLY, WHEN Grizzled f1 Journo’ Joe Saward tried asking the PR Folk during the Alpine F1 launch why Fernando wasn’t present, and if it was due to his Jaw surgery he was ignored.


As Joe claims the normal recovery time for said operation is six weeks and it’s interesting that the team has just announced former Scuderia AlphaTauri Driver Daniil Kvyat as the team’s new Reserve Driver, albeit claiming the Russian won’t be taking part in the upcoming Winter testing at Bahrain, but you’ve gotta wonder, Eh? If this is some sort of Back-up “Insurance Policy” plan in case Alonso’s Jaw isn’t quite ready for the phenomenal G-Forces a modern Formula 1 car evokes.


Whilst it’s funny how yesterday on ESPN’s Online Motorsports News was the obligatory statement from some High-up Alpine F1 “Mucky-Muck” saying Fernando’s totally fine, nothing’s wrong with his Jaw, he’s totally Fighting Fit and will be ready for not only the Bahrain Grand Prix, but Winter Testing. So Move along, Nothing to See Here, Blah-Blah-Blah…