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Alpine is a new name for 2021 after Renault decided to give its niche performance sub-brand the full F1 treatment and stayed true to its promise to incorporate the French tricolor into its challenger.

Last updated: 02/03/21 15:34 pm

Alpine has launched its very first Formula 1 car and livery for the 2021 season, with the renowned Renault team revealing a first blue look.

Alpine is a new name for 2021 after Renault decided to give its niche performance sub-brand the full F1 treatment and stayed true to its promise to incorporate the French tricolor into its challenger.

The new-look car, named the A521, beamed blue with pops of red and white, abandoning the yellow and black color scheme Renault used from 2016 to 2020.

The Alpine name, which has a motorsport pedigree through endurance and rally programs, is also present everywhere.

The excitement over Alpine’s arrival is not only generated by a new name and a new look, the return of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is also an intriguing prospect for the team and F1.

Alpine F1 reveals blue car for debut in 2021 as renamed Renault team kicks off new era

While Alonso, who is recovering from a broken jaw following a cycling accident, was not present at the team’s launch due to travel restrictions, he is determined to succeed after two years of absence from F1 – and somewhat indirectly with the Renault team which he restored – consecutive titles with more than ten years ago.

Alonso will be teamed up with Esteban Ocon, the young Frenchman looking to start after struggling a bit alongside Daniel Ricciardo in 2020.

Alpine F1 reveals blue car for debut in 2021 as renamed Renault team kicks off new era

Alpine F1 reveals blue car for debut in 2021 as renamed Renault team kicks off new era
New name. New car. New colors. The new-look Alpine team unveils its 2021 car

New name. New car. New colors. The new-look Alpine team unveils its 2021 car

Alpine also has a new team behind the scenes, with Cyril Abiteboul starting earlier this year. Laurent Rossi has been hired from Renault to become CEO of Alpine, while ex-Moto GP team boss Davide Brivio is the new racing director.

Renault finished fifth last season, but has been consistently leading the midfield in recent years, and Alpine will aim for improvement in 2021 before a big push in 2022 with the new overhaul of F1 rules.

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