Alpine is the name Renault has given to the team starting from 2021. The Enstone-based racing team decided to undergo a reorganization of the Formula 1 team at the end of 2020, changing its name for marketing reasons. Alpine is the sporty sub-brand of Renault, which proved more appealing in terms of brand recognition for the French company.

This name change coincided with the return of an old acquaintance: Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard made a comeback to his former employer after a few years of absence, as Alpine dared to embark on a third term with the Asturian. Alonso formed a duo with the established Esteban Ocon, who challenges the two-time world champion. In 2022, the two drivers competed together for Alpine. In 2023, Pierre Gasly replaces Alonso, who has moved to Aston Martin.

History of Renault in Formula 1

Renault has been a presence in Formula 1 since 1977, with multiple periods of participation. In their first official year, they finished twelfth in the constructors' championship. Jean-Pierre Jabouille achieved their first success with a race win in 1979. Two years later, the team finished third in the constructors' championship, repeating the feat the following year. In 1983, Renault secured second place in the championship with drivers Alain Prost and Eddie Cheever. However, after the 1985 season, Renault left Formula 1 for sixteen years.

In 2002, Renault returned to the pinnacle of Formula 1, finishing fourth in the championship in their first two seasons back. The following year, they achieved third place, with Alonso already securing two victories during that time. In 2005 and 2006, the Spanish driver won the drivers' world championship, and Renault claimed the constructors' championship both years. After these successes, Renault gradually declined and withdrew from the sport in 2011. However, in 2016, they made a comeback to the pinnacle of racing. Since then, Renault cars have consistently competed in the midfield.

In 2023, Alonso departs from the team with which he became a double world champion in 2005 and 2006. The Spaniard replaces Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin, who retires after the 2022 season. In turn, Pierre Gasly replaces Alonso. The Frenchman leaves the Red Bull Racing family after several years and is replaced by Nyck de Vries.

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