The Alpine Formula 1 team has announced the launch of the new Affiliate programme, which will work alongside the team’s existing junior academy.
Alpine says the goal of the programme is “to support and nurture promising young racing drivers as they begin their careers in motorsport, as well as acting as a potential feeder program for the Alpine Academy”.
The drivers associated with the programme are former Alpine academy member Hadrien David, W Series racer Abbi Pulling and Nikola Tsolov, who is managed by Fernando Alonso and will start his single-seater career in 2022.
Karters Kean Nakamura and Brazilian Matheus Ferreira complete the line-up.
As part of the programme, Alpine will offer the drivers support for their careers, including career advice, training, mentoring and PR training.
The programme will be spearheaded by Alpine’s Academy Director Mia Sharizman and Director of Expansion Projects Davide Brivio.
“We are very excited to announce our Alpine Affiliates programme which will work alongside the Academy from this year,” Sharizman said.
“The programme will help provide young racing drivers across the world with crucial support, career advice and training.
“We have five young drivers entering the programme this year as we welcome Abbi, Hadrien, Nikola, Kean and Matheus into our team.
“Longer term we envisage the Alpine Affiliate programme acting as a feeder for our Academy, as we strive to continue recruiting the most talented young drivers across the globe to future proof Alpine’s success in motor racing.”
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