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Formula 1 Alpine-Renault A521: This is Alonso’s comeback racer

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.

Nyour look for Formula 1: The Alpine-Renault A521, the first Formula 1 car from the Renault sports car brand, comes in blue, white and red – in other words, in the French national colors. Fernando Alonso will celebrate his Formula 1 comeback with this car after a two-year absence.
Alone: ​​Alonso was absent from the team launch. At the beginning of February, the two-time world champion sustained facial injuries in a bicycle accident. The 39-year-old should only be fit again for the winter test drives that begin on March 12th in Bahrain.

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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

From the Renault technical department headed by Pat Fry you can hear that all areas of the vehicle where developments were allowed have been further developed on the basis of last year’s Renault. Nevertheless, Race Director Marcin Budkowski says: “This car is an evolution of the 2020 car. But we will develop aggressively in the first part of the season to respond to the two biggest changes. “

This is Alonso's comeback hit

The new Alpine A521

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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

A second Alpine, the A500, was built in 1975 – to test the turbo engines for Renault’s entry in 1977. The sports car brand has been in the hands of the Renault Group since 1973. In 1978, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Didier Pironi won the Le Mans 24 Hours in an Alpine Renault.

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.

This is Alonso's comeback hit

The shakedown should take place tomorrow in Silverstone

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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

Alpine is already the fifth namesake of the racing team from Enstone. It all started in 1981 as Toleman, in 1986 the team was renamed Benetton and celebrated great successes with Michael Schumacher. In 2001 Renault took hold of it, won two world titles with Fernando Alonso and sold it to Genii Capital from 2012 to 2015. They called the racing team Lotus. In 2016, Renault bought the team back. It will be launched in 2021 under the name Alpine.

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Daniil Kvyat, previously at Alpha Tauri, is hired as a test and replacement driver at Alpine.

Formula 1 on TV

Formula 1 will run at Sky in 2021. The station is setting up its own TV station for the new era: Sky Formula 1. Here there is motorsport 24 hours a day. All training sessions, all qualifying sessions, all races always live and without commercial breaks. Sky also broadcasts the Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races. The program also includes historical races and special programs. You can find more information here.

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