It’s now official. After rejoining the sport in 2016, Renault will become known as the Alpine F1 Team from 2021 onwards, powered by a Renault E-Tech hybrid engine. The team will race in the colours of the French flag: Blue, white and red.
This news comes following the news that Renault and all the other teams signed the new Concorde agreement recently. With a budget cap and new technical regulations kicking in from 2022 to make the racing closer, Alpine will hope to score regular podiums and fight for wins with Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.
In a press release explaining why they’ve made the name change, they said: ‘’The Alpine brand, a symbol of sporting prowess, elegance and agility, will be designated to the chassis and pay tribute to the expertise that gave birth to the A110. For Alpine, this is a key step to accelerate the development and influence of the brand. The team’s engine will continue to benefit from Groupe Renault’s unique expertise in hybrid powertrains and its E-Tech name will be retained.’’
Luca De Meo, C.E.O. Groupe Renault: “Alpine is a beautiful brand, powerful and vibrant, that brings a smile to the faces of its followers. By introducing Alpine, a symbol of French excellence, to the most prestigious of the world’s automotive disciplines, we are continuing the adventure of manufacturers in a renewed sport. We are bringing a dream brand alongside the biggest names, for spectacular car races made and followed by enthusiasts. Alpine will also bring its values to the F1 paddock: elegance, ingenuity and audacity.”
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal Renault DP World F1 Team: “This change comes at a key moment in the trajectory of the team and the sport. Alpine brings a new meaning, new values and colours to the paddock with the spirit of competition from other worlds and French creative agility. These will be assets in the preparation of 2022 deadlines. The new regulatory and financial framework will establish the conditions for a fairer motor sport in its redistribution of revenues; simpler and progressive in its governance. The implementation of the "budget cap" will put an end to the expense race and will allow the signatory teams to be measured for their sporting value. Alpine has its place in Formula 1 and can challenge for victory.”