The Alpine F1 Team Will Soon Be A Thing, And That's Good News For The Road Cars

The Enstone-based team currently known as Renault is being treated to yet another rebrand
The Alpine F1 Team Will Soon Be A Thing, And That's Good News For The Road Cars

Tracking the history of the current Formula 1 team known as Renault isn’t easy. The Enstone-based squad can be traced all the way back to Toleman in the 1980s, which was purchased and rebranded by the Benetton family at the midpoint of the decade.

Renault bought it in 2000 but ran it as Benetton until rebranding as ‘Renault F1’ in 2002. In 2011 it was rebranded again as ‘Lotus Renault F1’ (not to be confused with another unrelated outfit on the grid known as ‘Team Lotus’), before becoming simply ‘Lotus F1’ from 2012 onwards. In 2015 then-owners Genii Capital flogged the team back to Renault to become a fully-fledged factory team once more, but just a few years on, another rebrand is on the horizon - from 2021, it’ll be known as Alpine F1.

All of that, we appreciate, probably doesn’t sound all that exciting. But even if you don’t have the slightest bit of interest in motorsport, this should still be seen as good news, as this rename shows Renault is committed to its sports car-building sub-brand.

The rebrand is good news for the future of Alpine's road-going sports cars
The rebrand is good news for the future of Alpine's road-going sports cars

It wasn’t that long ago that Renault’s Dieppe factory in which the A110 is built was reportedly under threat of closure, and even though our worst fears failed to be realised, it didn’t sound like a second-generation version of the sensational A110 was going to happen.
With this rebrand and the kind of rhetoric being used for the announcement of this renamed team, however, the future is looking much brighter for the sub-brand. In a press release, Alpine 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.”

Image via Groupe Renault Media
Image via Groupe Renault Media

Racing under that lovely blue, red and white livery from the 2021 season will be current Renault F1 driver Estaban Ocon, driving alongside returning Fernando Alonso, who replaces McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo.


Robert Gracie

I think the 2021 Season is going to be interesting but BUT the 2022 when the delayed 2021 rules come in that will be a telling point of the sport to see how it does!

09/07/2020 - 15:56 |
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Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

I’d honestly rather have seen Alpine as a Formula E team, that said I don’t feel like the team will be any more successful than before

09/07/2020 - 21:07 |
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are they trying to expand out a bit?

09/07/2020 - 22:06 |
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I’m with you on the name, they really should keep the Renault name in F1. Alpine may be highly regarded by people in the know, but Renault has far more marketing clout to the average person, which is key to attracting sponsors.

From a performance standpoint though, I think the Renault team is at a critical point. Results from the past two years it’s clear that they have a very good low downforce setup, and this year they seem to have the 2nd best engine with good durability and 2nd most powerful (still a fair way off Merc power though).

If Renault spends it’s development tokens on chassis and aero upgrades and they are good ones, I can see them fighting Red Bull over 2nd and 3rd in the championship unless Mercedes power turns that McLaren into a monster.

09/08/2020 - 00:12 |
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