Formula 1: Alpine team launches new car in French flag colours ahead of season-opening Bahrain GP
The Renault Formula One team changed its name to Alpine at the end of last season and said the new colors are “synonymous to Alpine’s heritage and pedigree in motorsports.'
Paris: The rebranded Alpine team presented its new Formula One car on Tuesday, revealing a new livery of blue, white and red matching the colors of the French flag instead of yellow and black.
The Renault Formula One team changed its name to Alpine at the end of last season and said the new colors are “synonymous to Alpine’s heritage and pedigree in motorsports."
Alpine has a history in motorsports with the Renault-powered Alpine car winning the Le Mans 24 hours race in 1978.
The new A521 will be powered by a Renault engine and driven by Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, who is French.
#A521Launch? Over & Out. 🖐🎤
(For today...!) pic.twitter.com/NhnRs6qm7a
— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) March 2, 2021
A two-time world champion with Renault, the 39-year-old Alonso is making his comeback in F1 after retiring at the end of the 2018 season. The 39-year-old Spaniard has won 32 races, with 97 podium finishes. He won his titles in 2005 and 2006.
“I’ve been working hard to prepare myself for racing back in Formula One and the target is to attack from the beginning," Alonso said.
Ocon starts his second year with the team.
F1 begins this month at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The 33-year-old German has never won a Grand Prix, but proved himself a valuable asset when standing in for Covid-19 casualties last season, before it rebranded as Aston Martin.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was delighted to see Hamilton triumph in the opener, but said Mercedes must still somehow match the superior speed of this season's Red Bull car.
Formula 1 2021: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull pair
It was Hamilton’s 99th career pole and although there is a Red Bull directly behind the Mercedes driver, it will be Sergio Perez rather than Max Verstappen.