This is Alonso’s comeback hit
Fernando Alonso will celebrate his comeback with a blue, white and red Alpine Renault A521. These are the details of the new Formula 1 racing car.
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Team mate Esteban Ocon was there. He likes the new color scheme: “I hope the car is as fast as it looks. And I couldn’t be happier with this team that combines French passion and British know-how. “
Improvements in all permitted areas
The new Alpine A521
The Alpine-Renault A521 is neither the first nor the second Formula 1 racing car of the group. In 1968 Mauro Bianchi, grandfather of the fatally injured F1 driver Jules Bianchi, put the Alpine-Gordini A350 through its paces. Because Gordini’s V8 engine was 100 hp weaker than the competition, Alpine canceled its Formula 1 entry.
Renault has to save, Alpine steps in
Alpine currently sells around 8,000 series sports cars each year. Now the brand should become more popular again. In addition to the Formula 1 project, Alpine will also compete in the top class again in Le Mans in 2021 – with a discarded Rebellion LMP1 prototype. Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxivière and André Negrão are there as drivers.
Restructuring in the team
Renault-Nissan CEO Luca de Meo recently hired Laurent Rossi as managing director. Cyril Abiteboul is leaving the Formula 1 team and the Renault group. Ex-Renault technical director Marcin Budkowski and Moto GP successful team boss Davide Brivio (comes from Suzuki) are to lead the Formula 1 project.
The shakedown should take place tomorrow in Silverstone
Making the Alpine brand better known is only half the story behind the name change. The fact is that Renault has to save. Sales collapsed in the corona pandemic. In the first half of the year, the Renault-Nissan group’s net loss was more than seven billion dollars. With the cancellation of every tenth job in France, Renault is expected to save two billion euros by the end of 2022 and get back on track. A parallel Formula 1 project is difficult to justify.
Especially since Renault’s successes so far have been manageable – things have only slowly improved.
The balance since the Lotus takeover in 2016:
2016: 8 points, ninth place in the constructors’ championship
2017: 57 points, sixth place
2018: 122 points, fourth place
2019: 91 points, fifth place
2020: 181 points, fifth place
Alonso already world champion with Renault
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Daniil Kvyat, previously at Alpha Tauri, is hired as a test and replacement driver at Alpine.