ALPINE NEWS ROUND-UP - MARCH 2021

  • Recap of the latest news and announcements from Alpine
  • The Alpine F1 Team was officially launched at the start of March
  • A detailed look at the new F1 team, driver news, and a comment from Luca de Meo
  • Plus, the Alpine A110’s latest award-win and what’s coming soon

February and March have been filled with exciting announcements and news from Alpine, including the official launch of the Alpine F1 Team with its new livery, the A521 car and the team. Here’s a recap on all things Alpine from February and March so far.

Alpine Academy unveils its class of 2021 – 10.02.21
The Renault Sport Academy becomes the Alpine Academy in line with the new identity of the Alpine brand. Drivers Guanyu Zhou, Christian Lundgaard, Oscar Piastri and Caio Collet remain for the 2021 season, while Victor Martins joins the Academy for a second stint, completing the five-strong line-up.
Read the full release here.

Alpine Racing S.A.S renews its confidence in Mecachrome – 23.02.21
Mecachrome – the French company specialising in precision mechanics – has signed an agreement with Alpine Racing S.A.S for the manufacture of major components and the assembly of the V6 engines that will power Alpine F1 Team’s cars on track.
Read the full release here.

Alpine F1 Team launches 2021 campaign – 02.03.21
The Alpine F1 Team officially marked a new era by virtually launching its first ever entry into the FIA Formula One World Championship. This year’s competitor, the A521, was revealed with its striking blue, white and red livery, linking Alpine’s sports car heritage and motorsport pedigree with the colours of the French and British flags.
Read the full release here.

Daniil Kvyat joins Alpine F1 Team as Reserve Driver – 02.03.21
The Alpine F1 Team confirmed Daniil Kvyat will join as Reserve Driver. 26-year-old Daniil, from Ufa, Russia, brings a wealth of recent F1 experience, including 110 race starts, 202 points, three podiums and one fastest lap over six seasons of racing with Alpha Tauri, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing. Daniil joins Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, alongside Test Driver Guanyu Zhou.
Read the full release here.

Focus on the Alpine F1 Team launch

On 2 March, the Alpine F1 Team announced its Formula One strategy and vision that begins with the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship campaign. Part of the announcement included the unveil of the full team and livery for this year’s car.

The A521 features Alpine’s iconic racing colours of blue, white and red, form a link to the brand’s heritage, as well as representing the colours of the French and British flags.

At the same time, Esteban Ocon was presented in team colours and it was announced that Guanyu Zhou will retain his role as the team’s Test Driver for the 2021 season. Fernando Alonso makes a return to F1 with the Alpine F1 Team, following a short break.

Alongside Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi and Executive Director Marcin Budkowski was newly recruited Racing Director Davide Brivio.

Luca de Meo, CEO Groupe Renault, said: “It is a true joy to see the powerful, vibrant Alpine name on a Formula One car. New colours, new managing team, ambitious plans: it’s a new beginning, building on a 40-year history. We’ll combine Alpine’s values of authenticity, elegance and audacity with our in-house engineering and chassis expertise. That’s the beauty of racing as a works team in Formula One. We will compete against the biggest names, for spectacular car races made and followed by cheering enthusiasts. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Coming up:

Digital presentation of the Alpine Endurance Team – 16.03.21
After a successful campaign in the LMP2 category, Alpine is stepping up in the Hypercar category for the 2021 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Launch of the Alpine x Pantone collaboration – 22.03.21
Felipe Pantone is an Argentinian-Spanish artist, who started doing graffiti at the age of 12. Pantone’s work deals with dynamism, transformation, digital revolution, and themes related to the present times.

Bahrain F1 Grand Prix – 28.03.21
The Bahrain F1 Grand Prix kick starts the 2021 F1 World Championship.

ENDS

About Alpine:
Founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé, the brand has set itself apart with its French-style sports cars. In 2018, the brand presents the new A110, a sports car faithful to Alpine’s timeless principles of compactness, lightness, agility and driving pleasure. In 2021, Alpine Cars, Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing join forces under the Alpine flagship. It thus becomes the brand dedicated to innovative, authentic, exclusive sportscars of Groupe Renault, benefiting from the heritage and craftmanship of its historic plant in Dieppe, as well as the engineering mastery from the Formula One and Renault Sport teams.

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