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The French constructor are heading their first ever season in Formula One, and they have a stunning car to go with it. It will be driven by two-time champ, Fernando Alonso, and Esteban Ocon.
After Renault’s rebrand to Alpine following the close of the 2020 season, the team released an interim livery for winter testing which featured a predominantly black design. For their proper race livery, the French team based in Enstone opted to show off the heritage of the Alpine brand with a beautiful blue design.
Their predecessors, Renault Sport F1 Team, finished fifth in the championship last season but found themselves on the podium more than once. Daniel Ricciardo took two podiums at the Nüburgring and in Imola last season, and Esteban Ocon took home a second place in Sakhir. With Ricciardo swapping over to McLaren, the former World Champion Fernando Alonso is back in the sport and will hopefully be battling for more podiums throughout 2021.
With both of Alonso’s championships coming with Renault back in 2005 and 2006, a return in form from him in a familiar environment would be great. Alpine also announced the signing of Daniil Kvyat, who will become the team’s reserve driver. It’s great to see the Russian back in the sport, as he finished the season relatively strong in 2020 and still has plenty of Formula One talent in him.
Alpine will hit the track for pre-season testing on the 12th March at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. Aiming to beat their fifth place last season, it should be an interesting battle between Alpine, Aston Martin and McLaren for a top three/four finish.