WATCH: Alpine Fire up ‘Seriously Fast and Hard to Pass’ 2021 F1 Car

Published 02/12/2021, 1:12 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)


Renault F1 is rebranding themselves as Alpine F1 racing team this season. As a part of the rebranding process, the team has revamped its drivers. They signed Fernando Alonso to replace Daniel Ricciardo who will drive alongside young Esteban Ocon this season.

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The team also changed its management position as Davide Brivio replaced Cyril Abiteboul. Brivio warranted his position by helping Suzuki win the MotoGP championship. As Renault rebrands to Alpine F1, the F1 community is eagerly waiting for a car launch date.

However, the Alpine F1 team has given us an audio nugget of their car for the 2021 season- A521.

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The team shared the video of their engine revving in the factory. “The sweetest sound to everyone working for @AlpineF1Team. Welcome to the world A521. May you be fun to race, hard to pass and seriously fast,” tweeted the team.

Alonso and Renault welcome Alpine F1 with a demonstration at Abu Dhabi

Talking about the sound of their new engine, let’s look back at the 2020 season where Alonso’s R25 echoed through the Yas Marina Circuit. Renault organized a demonstration run where they reunited their championship-winning car and driver to mark the end of an era for Renault F1.

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It may have been a demonstration run, however, Alonso was not taking it easy. He put the pedal to the floor as the V10 screamed at top volume and captivated everyone present at and around the track.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Fernando Alonso poses for a picture with the Renault R25 before driving a lap Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

“It is something that we are missing honestly. I think not only the fans, everyone in the paddock, we miss the sound. We miss the Formula 1 that we got in love with when we were kids and we were watching television,” said Alonso after his demonstration lap.

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The F1 community is looking forward to the former champion’s comeback this season. However, the Spaniard has been hospitalized after an unfortunate bicycling accident.

We wish Fernando Alonso a quick recovery and hope he doesn’t have to miss the start of the 2021 season.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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