WATCH: Alpine Show off Striking New Winter Livery During Ocon’s F1 Outing

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February 23, 2021 1:24 pm

With just over a month to go, teams have started launching their 2021 machines to the F1 community. Alpine F1 is rebranding themselves and coming to the grid with a whole new identity in order to challenge teams for regular podiums. As such, there is a tad bit more excitement around Alpine’s new livery.

They are going to launch their new livery and the A521 car on March 2, 2021, the same day as the reigning champion, Mercedes.

The team posted a twitter video of Esteban Ocon driving the R.S.18 painted in Alpine’s winter livery. The Frenchman was seen revving the 2018 Renault car at Paul Ricard during a lap run-out and the fans couldn’t stop obsessing over the team’s winter livery.

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Christian Lundgaard drives Alpine F1’s dashing winter livery

The team gave the fans a sneak peek of their red, white, and blue winter livery in a teaser a month ago. This was done to solidify their new brand identity. However, this livery will not race on the track, but it does define our expectations for the season livery.

“The blue, white and red refer to the colours of the French and British flags, which is very important to us. Numerous variations on all the motorsport assets are still to come,” stated a report.

Christian Lundgaard, Alpine F1 academy driver, got his chance to take the Renault R.S.18 for a spin around Paul Ricard too. The Formula 2 driver took the car around the track a couple of days ago.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 04: Esteban Ocon of France driving the Renault Sport Formula One Team RS19 during day two of F1 End of Season Testing in Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Alpine’s F1 car, A521, also has a reason behind it. The A500 refers to the project line of previous cars, A110, A310, etc. The 21 at the end refers to the year the car will race in. Alpine’s design director, Antony Villain, has clarified that some structural element will remain on the racing livery too.

The team will enter the grid with Esteban Ocon and former champion, Fernando Alonso. The team claimed three podiums last season and finished at the P5 position with 14 points behind Racing Point. The team is looking forward to improving on their last season’s result.

As we look forward to Alpine’s racing livery, let us know how you feel about Alpine’s winter livery on track.

Ayush Manjunath

Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 contributor at EssentiallySports, based in Bengaluru. He is an intense lover of Formula 1, Ayrton Senna, Max Verstappen, and George Russell, and has previously worked as an athlete agent. He is a law graduate and is currently enrolled in a Sports Management Program at GISB, Mumbai. 2019 was quite an eventful year for Ayush, as he completed a program in Sports, Media and Entertainment Management at UCLA, won a national moot court competition, and judgement national writing competition.

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