The Alpine F1 Team unveiled their first F1 car under a new name with which Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon will compete in the new 2021 F1 season during the presentation held at their Enstone factory that viewers could follow via digital channels.
Renault renamed its F1 team to Alpine ahead of this season ahead of the return of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who is returning after a two-year break from Formula 1 and who will be a new team-mate to Esteban Ocon.
The Alpine A521 is an evolution of last year’s Renault R.S.20 with which the team finished fifth in the constructors’ standings as in 2019, but they narrowed the gap behind the fastest teams and won three podiums with Ocon and Ricciardo.
Although the new AT521 shares the chassis with its predecessor, as well as many other parts, the team hopes to take another step towards the top with improved aerodynamics and a more powerful powertrain.
For Renault, this is the sixth consecutive season in Formula 1 in the role of a constructor, and they achieved the best result in that period in 2018 when they finished fourth, although in 2020 they had the smallest gap behind the leaders and achieved three podiums.
Alonso won two world titles with the Enstone team, then called the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team, in 2005 and 2006, and although he was a three-time runner-up at Ferrari, he has yet to win a third title.
Alpine hopes that in 2022, with the help of a major change to the technical regulations and financial regulations in force from this year, they will be able to get into a position to fight for victories and championship titles.
Alonso was not present at the presentation of the new car in Enstone after a cycling accident slowed down his preparations for the new season, but will join the team in pre-season testing in Bahrain on March 12 – 14.
Ahead of the new season, Alpine also has a new team boss as Davide Brivio, Suzuki’s ex MotoGP boss, has replaced longtime Renault F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul.