Renault will change the identify of their Formula One staff to Alpine from subsequent season, the French constructor introduced on Sunday. “We’ll race underneath the identify Alpine,” Renault chief government Luca de Meo advised a press convention at Monza, forward of the Italian Grand Prix. Cyril Abiteboul will stay as staff principal, he confirmed, revealing the staff’s automobiles shall be given a makeover within the purple, white and blue of the French flag.
“Renault has been in F1 for 43 years and the identify stays on the engines,” De Meo mentioned.
Renault’s excessive efficiency Alpine model enters F1 after competing with distinction in rallying the place they claimed the inaugural world championship in 1973, and on the endurance circuit.
For the 2021 season French driver Esteban Ocon shall be joined by Fernando Alonso who in July was announced as replacement to the McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo.
Alonso, 39, returns to the staff the place he gained his two world championships in 2005 and 2006.
“Alonso is a model in himself, he’s a vital asset,” De Meo mentioned of the Spaniard.
Renault haven’t claimed a podium end since their very own return to F1 in 2016.
However the French automotive large’s new chief believes sweeping new rule modifications in 2022 and spending caps from subsequent 12 months “offers us likelihood to compete on the identical degree” as rival groups.
“You need to win on Sunday to promote on Monday,” mentioned De Meo, borrowing Henry Ford II’s maxim.
“We wish to see outcomes.”
The identify change is a part of the Renault Group’s restructuring of its 4 manufacturers – Renault, Alpine, Dacia and New Mobility – underneath De Meo who took workplace in July.
Renault bought the Alpine model in 1973, however didn’t resume street automobiles manufacturing till 2017, after a break of 22 years.
They’re the fourth staff to vary identify in latest seasons following Sauber, Toro Rosso and Racing Level’s switches respectively to Alfa Romeo, Alpha Tauri and, from subsequent 12 months, Aston Martin.
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