Alpine has become the latest F1 team to unveil its new 2022 car with the launch of the A522 ahead of the 2022 season, sporting a blue and pink livery.
Alpine F1 team officially launched the A522 on Monday evening in Barcelona marking the ninth team to officially launch their 2022 F1 car ahead of Mercedes.
The team will now be known officially as BWT Alpine F1 Team as part of the strategic, long-term collaboration with the pink company which features in the design of the A522’s blue livery.
The A522 will be driven by an all-new engine with a split-turbo which has been under development by Renault as part of the French company’s push for better performance in order to get to the top of the pecking order as a constructor.
Alpine drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon were both present at the official digital launch in Paris to take the covers off the team’s new challenger.
A victory by Esteban Ocon at the Hungaroring marked the team’s first victory since returning to the sport as a full-works outfit, while Fernando Alonso made a podium finish after placing third in the Qatar Grand Prix.
Alonso and Ocon have also expressed optimism about the team’s chances in the 2022 regulations reset, which will be the most significant since the introduction of new hybrid power units in 2014 and the aerodynamic makeover in 2009.
During their first season as colleagues in 2021, when they finished 10th and 11th, respectively, with just seven points separating them, both drivers constantly referred to ‘El Plan’ for future success.
While the driver lineup for 2022 remains unchanged, there have been a number of high-profile changes as part of a reorganization of Alpine’s senior management.
Alpine has appointed former Aston Martin boss Otmar Szafnauer as its new team principal as Bruno Famin was selected to manage the engine department , following the sacking of non-executive director Alain Prost and executive director Marcin Budkowski.
The Alpine A522 is set for a shakedown at Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit on Tuesday just a day ahead of the pre-season test.