Flavio Briatore will make his return to Renault Group with Alpine F1 Team as a executive advisor after over a decade’s gap.

Having departed the Renault family under unusual circumstances back in 2008 due to the ‘crashgate’ and being banned by FIA and F1 to be part of the sport, Briatore will make his return to the French team as an executive advisor to the Alpine outfit.

Briatore has been involved in F1 work for several years post his ban and removal of it, considering he still remains part of Fernando Alonso’s management. He has good ties with Stefano Domenicali as well, and the two did hint on working together going forward.

For now, Briatore will be part of the F1 family again, not with FOM but with Alpine, who are undergoing largescale changes. There are reports of the French outfit quitting its power unit programme, and taking the customer route with an existing manufacturer.

It is unclear if Briatore has been roped in to undergo those changes as the team notes his focus will be scouting talents – especially drivers – and providing key inputs in the F1 team matters. “BWT Alpine F1 Team can confirm that Flavio Briatore has been appointed by Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo as his Executive Advisor for the Formula One Division,” a statement said.

“Briatore will predominantly focus on top level areas of the team including: scouting top talents and providing insights on the driver market, challenging the existing project by assessing the current structure and advising on some strategic matters within the sport.”

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