Renault’s plans for their rebranded Alpine F1 Team became clearer on Thursday as they revealed an interim ‘winter livery’, displayed on a 2020 car.
The Renault Group, which parted ways with F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul this week, decided last year to drop the Renault name from their F1 operation, and instead promote their sportscar brand Alpine from 2021 onwards.
They had hinted this would mean a change in livery to red, white and blue, and as a teaser ahead of the season, have released imagery of a temporary livery to express their new identity.
This livery will not race on track in 2021 but is more a hint of what we can expect to see at their pre-season launch, on a date to be announced.
“The livery presented today is the first evocation of the Alpine F1 team’s new identity,” said Alpine Design Director Antony Villain. “Some of the structural graphic elements will remain on the racing livery while others will change.
"The 'oversized' Alpine emblem in a tricolour graphics system is the first clear-cut symbol of the brand's identity in motorsport.
“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.”
Alpine’s first F1 car will be known as the A521. The A500 element of the designation refers to the F1 project (in line with Alpine’s previous cars the A110, A310 etc) with 21 referring to the year in which it will race.
Esteban Ocon will continue with the team, with the returning double world champion Fernando Alonso joining him in a new-look line-up.