Alpine F1 Team proud to shine light on Paris Brain Institute at French Grand Prix

Event Published June 20 2021

(L to R): Laurent Rossi (FRA) Alpine Chief Executive Officer; Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President and Paris Brain Institute Vice President ; Professor Gerard Saillant (FRA) Paris Brain Institute President.

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As part of initial discussions aimed at establishing a close collaboration, Alpine F1 Team is proud to display the logo of the Paris Brain Institute on the A521 cars of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon and mechanics’ helmets at the 2021 Formula 1 Emirates French Grand Prix this weekend. Through the vector of human performance, this association unites the scientific excellence of an established and internationally-respected medical research organisation with the technical excellence of Alpine F1 Team.

The Paris Brain Institute, also known as the Institut du Cerveau, ICM, is embedded into the Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France. The Paris Brain Institute was founded in 2010 by the highly-respected Professor Gérard Saillant, President of the Institute, and Jean Todt, current FIA President and Vice President of the Paris Brain Institute.

The Institute is revolutionary in the development of innovative research programs in multiple pioneering areas of neurosciences: molecular and cellular neurobiology, neurophysiology, cognition, computational, but also clinical and translational neurosciences to enhance the understanding of the nervous system and fight the illnesses affecting it.

Alpine F1 Team mechanics’ helmets. French Grand Prix, Saturday 19th June 2021. Paul Ricard, France.

As well as bringing recognition to the brilliant and pioneering work of the Institute, this is a first step towards a collaboration between Alpine F1 Team and the Paris Brain Institute to analyse, thanks to cognitive neurosciences, decision-making and human performance involved in the relentless pursuit of performance.

Alpine F1 Team has consistently collaborated with medical organisations over the past year, through Project Pitlane to develop ventilators in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most recently with the University of Leicester to contribute to the design of a throat-operated voice microphone to be used by medics wearing full PPE.

Laurent Rossi, Chief Executive Officer, Alpine: “The work Gérard and his teams have done to further our understanding of neurology and cognition is inspiring and their research has helped thousands of people. This ever-increasing knowledge of the mind is not only rehabilitating but also opens up new possibilities for high-level functioning in a multitude of areas. We are proud to bring attention to their revolutionary work and look forward to contributing to their ongoing research in understanding the brain and benefit from their work in our F1 team’s ongoing drive for individual and collective performance.”

Professor Gérard Saillant, President of the Paris Brain Institute: “This alliance with Alpine F1 Team is a reflection of the values that unite us: fighting spirit, collaboration and excellence. The commitment of Alpine F1 Team to our cause is a great asset as it allows us to go even further into our research, with an aim to better understand the brain’s functioning.”

Jean Todt, President of the FIA: “I am delighted with this partnership between the teams of Alpine F1 Team and the Paris Brain Institute, which will combine their talents in technical and medical innovation for further research and understanding into decision-making to help performance and health. “