Through a virtual event, Alpine F1 Team officially announced its participation in the F1 starting this season. For that he presented the Alpine A521-Renault, vehicle that will have Spanish as pilots Fernando Alonso and to french Esteban Ocon.
The A521 sports a eye-catching blue, white and red color schemesynonymous with Alpine heritage and motorsport pedigree. The car will be propelled by the power unit of the Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6L V6 engine, designed and developed in Viry-Châtillon (France).
The A521 is an evolution of the Renault RS20, which competed in the 2020 championship. Based on regulatory changes agreed last year in response to the global pandemic, the A521's main structural elements are a carryover from last season. However, all the parts that have not been homologated were developed and improved, especially the rear of the car where the FIA imposed additional changes to the aerodynamic regulations.
“It is a real joy to see the powerful and vibrant Alpine name on a Formula 1 car. New colors, new management team, ambitious plans - it's a new beginning, based on a 40-year history. We will combine Alpine's values of authenticity, elegance and boldness with our in-house engineering and chassis expertise. That's the beauty of racing… I can't wait for the season to start ”, he claimed Luca de meo, CEO of Grupo Renault.
The star of the French team is Alonso, who returns to Formula 1 after a two-year hiatus. “I am very excited to be back in Formula 1 and to be part of the next chapter of the Alpine F1 Team in the sport. I have worked hard to prepare to go back to racing in Formula 1 and the goal is to attack from the beginning. Driving the car for the first time will be a very exciting experience and I hope both factories can save the moment. "said the Asturian in the press release issued by the team. “We know it will be a very competitive season, but we are up for the challenge. The car looks great and I have good memories of racing in blue in Formula 1. "added the 2005 and 2006 champion.
Ocon begins his second season within the French structure and is motivated after having achieved his first podium in the specialty at the 2020 Sakhir GP. “I am really looking forward to starting the season and trying the A521 for the first time. I love the new colors and, as a Frenchman, it is a great pride to wear the French flag on the car. Working with Fernando is going to be fantastic. He is a rider I admire and a person I have been inspired by for a long time. I look forward to collaborating with him and pushing him on the right track to ensure that the team meets its objectives. "said the Gaul.
THE MANAGERS OF THE ALPINE F1 TEAM
The team will be led by the new leadership trio consisting of Alpine CEO, Laurent rossi, Executive Director Marcin budkowski and the race director Davide Brivio. At the head of the technical teams of Enstone y Viruses, respectively, will continue to be Pat Fry, chassis technical director and Rémi Taffin, technical director of engines.
“This is an important milestone for Alpine, as it is positioned as the brand at the forefront of Groupe Renault innovation. Alpine naturally finds its place in the high standards, prestige and performance of Formula 1 and we are eager to anticipate the debut of the A521 driven by our drivers, two-time Formula 1 driver world champion Fernando Alonso and Esteban. Or with. This year our objective is clear, to continue the momentum that was gained last year and fight for the podiums. Our long-term vision is to see the Alpine name on the top step of the podium in Formula 1 ”, Rossi explained.
“This year's car is a logical development from 2020, where we seek to improve aerodynamic performance, while working around the structures that have been homologated between this year and last. There are some things that look a little different, but it is an evolution rather than a revolution "explained Fry.
Taffin, meanwhile, stated: “There is a restriction on power unit upgrades, from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021, which emphasizes constantly extracting maximum performance, directly from the first race. We have planned to introduce our engine upgrade, the RE20B, at the first race of the season in Bahrain, which prepares us to deliver consistent performance on each and every weekend. ”