The A521, Alpine's first car in F1, was created with the aim of reaching third place in the Constructors' World Championship.

Fernando Alonso


Esteban Ocon

will fight that fight on the asphalt with McLaren, Ferrari or Aston Martin, the great adversaries of the team led by

Davide Brivio


The presentation of the A521 was made official this Tuesday at the Enstone factory (United Kingdom), the former headquarters of Renault, whose structure is now taken over by Alpine.

Metallic blue tones are the dominant note on the chassis, completed with red and white, the other two colors of the French flag, on the engine cover.

The car will debut this Wednesday at the Silverstone circuit, where Ocon will take the wheel for the usual Filming Day tests.

The 24-year-old Frenchman will have to fight Alonso for just one season after losing his particular duel against

Daniel Ricciardo


"It looks so good"

At 39, the Spaniard will be the second oldest driver on the grid, behind only

Kimi Raikkonen

(Alfa Romeo).

However, his ambition does not seem to have diminished one iota after these two seasons away from the Grand Circus, where he captured two victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and ventured into the Indianapolis 500 and the Dakar Rally.

"I have been working hard to prepare and the objective is to go on the attack from the beginning. Driving a car for the first time is always something special," said the two-time world champion, who will have to wait until March 12, during the first day of official tests. in Bahrain, to take the controls of the A521.

The other novelty on Tuesday at Enstone was the confirmation of

Daniil Kvyat

as a reserve driver for the 2021 World Championship, where he will join a roster that also included

Guanyu Zhou


The Russian's experience, with 110 races in six seasons in F1, will be mixed with the youth of the Chinese driver, one of the talents forged at the Ferrari Academy.

Front view of Alonso and Ocon's new car.

In any case, the main authorized voice in the Alpine garage will be that of Alonso, a personal bet of

Luca de Meo

, executive director of the Renault group.

"We know it will be a very even season, but we are ready for the challenge. The car looks very good and I have great memories of when I raced dressed in blue in F1," said the Spaniard, referring to his two titles, won in 2005 and 2006.

In any case, Brivio's big goal will be to fight for the podiums, after the three achieved in 2020 by Ocon and Ricciardo (Nürburgring, Imola and Sakhir).

"We must start from that base and little by little we will go upwards," said the former director of the Suzuki MotoGP team.

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