Report: Pink Livery Set to Return to F1 Amid Potential Alpine-BWT Partnership

Published 01/18/2022, 9:52 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

The last time the Formula One community saw pink on an F1 track was with Racing Point. However, there are reports suggesting that it could make a return to the grid in 2022, but this time with the French team, Alpine.

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When Racing Point became Aston Martin, the Silverstone team substituted the pink for British green, but they kept BWT as a sponsor. However, BWT is longer mentioned on the team’s website, which further speculates they will partner up with the Enstone-based team.

Alpine could bring back the pink color to Formula One in 2022

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BWT has been with Aston Martin for a few years now in F1. However, recently they were no longer mentioned as sponsors for the Silverstone-based outfit. Additionally, French magazine Auto Hebdo made a rendition of Alpine’s 2022 challenger with BWT as their sponsor.

The rumor of the Austrian company only gets more interesting, as Otmar Szafnauer has been heavily linked with the French outfit after parting ways with the Lawrence Stroll-led team

However, Aston Martin hasn’t officially announced that they have ended their partnership with BWT. And, on the other hand, Alpine have made no official statement about the Austrian company joining them for the forthcoming season.

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Was the French team able to make an impact on the grid in 2021?

The Enstone-based outfit changed its name from Renault to Alpine for the 2021 season and signed 2-time world champion Fernando Alonso to replace Daniel Ricciardo, who was on his way to McLaren. The Spanish driver teamed up with Esteban Ocon.

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The 2021 season saw Ocon win his first Formula One race at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Alpine also offered him a contract that will keep him with the team until 2024. 

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, US – October 23, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during qualifying REUTERS/Mike Blake

On the other hand, Alonso, returning after a two-year sabbatical, proved he hadn’t forgotten what it’s like to be behind the wheel.  This was evident at the Qatar Grand Prix, where he placed third. The two-time world champion finished the 2021 season in ninth place in the drivers’ standings with 81 points.

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With the new Formula One season just a few months away, what are your expectations from the Alpine-duo? Let us know what you think in the comments section down below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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