Renault are here to stay in Formula 1, but they will race on under a new name – and in new colours – from 2021 after the French manufacturer announced they will re-brand to become the Alpine F1 Team. After announcing the return of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso for 2021 in July, Renault committed to F1 until at least 2025 last month by agreeing to the new Concorde Agreement. But in the wider Renault Group, there have been sweeping changes. New Group CEO Luca De Meo has reorganised the company to place a sharper focus on key brands – Renault, Dacia, Alpine and New Mobility. And now it’s been announced the F1 operation will take on that name – as well as a new colour scheme, with the French national colours of red, white and blue replacing the yellow and black of Renault. The Alpine brand is renowned throughout motorsport, with the marque taking victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in rallying. The brand has never appeared as a manufacturer in F1 before, though Renault’s first foray into Grand Prix racing in 1977 was with a team formed from the Alpine and Gordini competition departments. Future chassis produced by the Enstone-based team will be designated as Alpines, but the Renault name will remain as the cars will run Renault E-TECH hybrid engines, produced in Viry-Chatillon. 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.