Starting in 2021, the Renault Formula 1 team underwent a name change and became known as the Alpine F1 Team Renault. This decision was made by the Enstone-based team as part of a reorganization of its Formula 1 operations at the conclusion of the 2020 season, motivated by marketing considerations.
Alpine, being the sporty sub-brand of Renault, proved to be more appealing for the French company in terms of brand recognition. This shift in identity coincided with the return of an old acquaintance: Fernando Alonso.
After a few years of absence, the Spaniard rejoined his former employer, embarking on a third term with the team. Alonso formed a pairing with the established Esteban Ocon, challenging the two-time world champion. In 2022, the duo continued to represent Alpine. In 2023, Pierre Gasly replaces Alonso, who moved on to Aston Martin.
History of Renault in Formula 1
Renault has been present in Formula 1 during various periods since 1977, and in its first year of actual participation, the team finished twelfth in the Constructors’ Championship. The initial success came through Jean-Pierre Jabouille, who secured a race win in 1979.
Two years later, the team finished third in the Constructors’ Championship, a feat repeated the following year. In 1983, with drivers Alain Prost and Eddie Cheever, Renault secured a second-place finish in the championship. However, after the 1985 season, the team left Formula 1 for sixteen years.
The team returned to the premier class in 2002, and in the first two seasons, Renault finished fourth in the championship. The following year, the team achieved a third-place finish, with Alonso securing two wins during that time.
In 2005 and 2006, the Spaniard clinched the Drivers’ World Championship, and the team won the Constructors’ Championship in both years. After these successes, Renault gradually declined from the top, and in 2011, the Formula 1 team was once again withdrawn. However, in 2016, Renault made a comeback to the pinnacle of motorsport. Since then, the French cars have consistently been in the midfield.
In 2023, Alonso departs from the team with which he became a two-time world champion in 2005 and 2006. The Spaniard replaces Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin, who retires after the 2022 season. In turn, Pierre Gasly takes over Alonso’s position.
The Frenchman bids farewell to the Red Bull Racing family after several years, and he is succeeded by Nyck de Vries.
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