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“Worst Looking Car of 2023”: F1 World Slam Dunks the Alpine Livery as Mediocre Launch Dampens Season Expectations

Published 02/17/2023, 8:15 AM EST

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The 2023 season of Formula 1 is inching closer day by day as procedures leading up to the season write off one major milestone: the challenger revelations. Presented in the presence of Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon and Otmar Szafnauer, Alpine wrapped up the car reveals with its A523 studded in blue, black, and pink colors, which didn’t rest well with its fans since the team will use these colors across the year. The car is now pegged the lowest, possibly alongside Red Bull’s RB19.

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The criticism was real for the overall event as well because the football magician Zinedine Zidane too could only save the launch to an extent. However, while critiquing the car and terming it “the worst,” the fans expressed their love for the pink BWT livery, which the car boasted during the first two stages of the last season and plans to run in the first three rounds this season: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Australia.


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The team’s pink livery will be a part of the financial obligation but is something that the fans love more than the team’s regular colors, which feature blue in a dominant position. So, does a lack of creativity with the livery indicate something? Is it indicative of the team’s mindset going into the season? Fans appear to believe that it was a sloppy effort that portends a bad year ahead.

Fans thrash the new Alpine challenger

The livery season started with Haas’s VF-23 and wrapped up with Alpine’s A523. In between, we witnessed some of the greatest presentations, such as that of Ferrari’s SF-23, and great colors, such as that of Mercedes’s W-14. But Alpine, much like a few other teams, failed to make its mark with a rather boring event, with only Zinedine Zidane saving the evening for the French team.

Many fans were ruthless in their criticism of the design team. But does it mean a bad performance is on track for them? Looking logically, absolutely not. With Red Bull featuring a lazy design as well, on par with their decade-long designs, their performance is the absolute opposite of it. As was the case with Alpine, they finished P4 in the constructors’, so yeah, things might not be bad on the track for the team.


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Fans vouched for the pink and thanked the team, but they want the team to swap it with the main livery and have it feature in all rounds except the three planned.


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However, it might be a bit late, but the team can take feedback for the next year and cater more to the fans, as other teams have done (yes, we’re looking at you, Mercedes). Anyway, livery will only be important if the performance is outstanding, and the fans will not tolerate a drop in quality.



Manan Goel

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Manan Goel is a Formula 1 author at EssentiallySports. As a literature student at Delhi University, he had been a geek for fiction and a nerd for sports. He claims Sebastian Vettel was his first love after seeing him at the Indian Grand Prix, and he has been a fan of the sport and Red Bull ever since.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai