Fourth team in the F1 motorsport championship to announce the launch date of its Formula 1 for the 2023 season, Alpine succeeds the two Italian teams AlphaTauri and Ferrari and the British Aston Martin. Baptized A523 in line with the two previous years in Formula 1, it will be presented on February 16 in London, without a precise schedule at the moment. An announcement made on the Alpine (Alpine F1 Team) Twitter account that caused a stir on social media. It is the third F1 car in its history since the Renault team switched brands ahead of the 2021 season when it opted to use the name of its sister sportscar brand in motorsport.
The results of the 2022 Formula 1 season of the French alpine team
On the constructors’ side, the young French team based in the United Kingdom can boast a good evolution in 2021 and 2022 and a fourth place last year in the championship, although we would have liked to see Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso closer. of the leaders. . The best result, obtained by the French pilot, was only a fourth place during the Japan Grand Prix. However, the two drivers scored points in 19 of the 22 races held and managed to get their two cars into the points on 11 occasions. Alpine has placed its two riders in eighth and ninth position and hopes to find at least the same dynamic in 2023even if the team is not yet aiming for one of the two world titles.
Gasly and Ocon point to better results for the team thanks to the new Renault engine of the A523
This year Alpine changes face to become 100% French on the circuit. The departure of Fernando Alonso to the Aston Martin it left a vacant spot quickly filled by the arrival of Pierre Gasly from AlphaTauri. The driver was the spearhead of the small Scuderia last year and even managed to win his first victory at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix. High expectations, especially at a technical level, for the five-year-old tricolor in Formula 1 who however found himself behind his new teammate in the 2022 standings (14th).
Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly will be the two Alpine riders in 2023
The French team wants to be in continuity with the previous year in terms of management, although several changes will be made to the way the team has been managed since the transition to the Alpine brand.
The team manager who arrived in February 2022 in the person of Otmar Sazfnauer remains at the helm of Alpine again this season. At the same time, he becomes one of the oldest in charge in F1. Director of Technology Pat Fry and Technical Director Matthew Harman continue to support the French team riders this season. For his part, the general director of the Alpine brand, Laurent Rossi, is very confident for this new year of Formula 1.
Still unknown alpine reserve rider for 2023
A 2023 season that promises to be strong in emotions, but where the reserve driver has not yet been appointed. It was until then Oscar Piastri who played this role and who was initially going to become the starter this year.
An offer that he preferred to reject in favor of a contract with McLaren, the team in which he will make his F1 debut. The most likely contender for the reserve position is Piastri’s fellow Australian Jack Doohan. The motorsports driver, especially Formula 2, could well become Alpine’s reserve driver. He has already tested with the team and has also appeared in an F1 test session. Main and significant point of Doohan’s hypothesis: he is already part of the Alpine Academy.
frequently asked questions
Why Renault F1 becomes Alpine?
Historically, Alpine is recognized for its rally victories, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is a sports brand. With most of the teams being authentic sports brands, the Alpine name was preferred to that of Groupe Renault for more legitimacy.
Who bought Alpine?
The Alpine brand is now 100% owned by the Renault Group.
Who has a Renault engine in F1?
Currently, only Alpine single-seaters use Renault engines. In the past, the McLaren and Red Bull teams were also equipped with it.
Who makes the Alpine F1 engine?
Renault manufactures the engine for the Alpine brand in Formula 1. The brand is also a technical partner of the team through Renault Sport F1.
What engine in Alpine F1?
The engine that equips the A522 and soon the A523 is a hybrid turbo block with Renault badge.
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