Alpine has become the latest Formula 1 team to outline its launch plans for the 2021 season, with its A521 due to be unveiled virtually on March 2.
Renault returned to Formula 1 as a works outfit in 2016, taking over the Lotus squad, and for 2021 has rebranded its squad under its Alpine guise.
The Alpine moniker is being pushed by Renault CEO Luca de Meo, who joined the company last year, unveiling his revised strategy for the company in January, which included a ‘winter livery’ for its Formula 1 car.
Alpine’s launch will take place on the same day as the unveiling of Mercedes’ W12.
The team will field Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon in Formula 1 this season.
Alonso suffered a collision with a motorist while cycling in Switzerland on Thursday, requiring surgery to address a fractured jaw, but is currently recuperating at home, and is expected to be fit for the start of the season.
He has not raced in Formula 1 since November 2018.
Ocon returned to Formula 1 in 2020, having missed the 2019 season, and finished 12th in the standings, taking his maiden podium at the Sakhir Grand Prix.
It is also set to outline its management structure, with Davide Brivio having joined from Suzuki’s MotoGP project, and Marcin Budkowski expected to take on an enhanced role following the departure of Cyril Abiteboul.
Confirmation of Alpine’s launch plans means only three teams – Red Bull, Aston Martin and Haas – have yet to firm up their 2021 unveilings.
McLaren displayed its MCL35M on Monday while AlphaTauri is due to take the wraps off its AT02 on Friday.
Alfa Romeo’s C41 will be unveiled on Monday (February 22) while Williams and Ferrari will launch on March 5 and March 10 respectively.