Reports: Alpine Considering Using Red Bull’s ‘B Team’ Model & Create a New F1 Team

Published 10/12/2021, 9:23 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Formula One is an exclusive and expensive sport. With an entry fee of 200 million dollars, it’s extremely difficult to enter the grid. However, Alpine have been thinking of introducing a B team on the lines of Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

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Alpine which is part of the Renault group has Nissan & Mitsubishi under its belt and is considering entering the grid. Additionally, having another team on the grid could give the opportunity that young Alpine drivers have been waiting for.

Alpine is thinking of using Red Bull’s business plan in F1

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It’s no secret that many aspire to have what Red Bull has; two teams on the grid and a pool of drivers. Hence, the Enstone-based team is thinking of bringing their own sister team to the grid.

As explained by British journalist, Joe Saward as quoted from FormulaPassion.it, “All these problems could be overcome if the Alpine had a customer team for its engines, but options seem limited at the moment. I have learned that Alpine is considering the idea of helping the creation of a new team, which would theoretically provide for an entry fee of $ 200 million, to create a scenario similar to that of Red Bull with the Alpha Tauri.”

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

“This may seem crazy, but having a second team would mean having a good resource and something useful to help the development of the new 2026 engines, perhaps using brands like Renault, Nissan or Mitsubishi,” he explained. (Translated from Italian via Google)

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How’s the French team doing this season?

The Enstone-based squad has had some good and some rough moments during the 2021 campaign. Alpine’s best result so far this season was the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Esteban Ocon grabbed their first win of the season.

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Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 3, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Currently sitting in fifth place with 104 points, they hope to achieve stellar results as the season comes to a close. Having put their faith in Ocon and 2-times world champion, Fernando Alonso for next season, the French team hopes that the duo can bring them success.

What are your thoughts on their campaign so far? And what are your predictions for Alpine for the coming seasons? Let us know what you think in the comments 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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