Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon have welcomed a new vision and car for the 2022 season with the debut of the A522. The goals are very real for the team with the new Team Principal being announced and Otmar wanting to beat not only the Aston Martin’s also the rest of the grid. In terms of the Australian fans, Oscar Piastri is the team’s Reserve Driver in 2022 and it is clear that his loyalty is to the team as he watches, observes and fulfils his duties for the season. Piastri will be hot property for the future seasons of F1 and no doubt Alpine will have to do their best in order to retain the talented Australian driver.
It is a new journey for the team with their recent restructuring of team personnel, so we are excited to see how their car performs during testing and also the first race when lights go out. The expectation is high with two drivers that have the hunger to improve. We wait and watch with anticipation. They have their chassis base in Enstone and engine office in Viry. The team believes in one another, so will the car perform? There will be apparently some alternative livery options, so expect to see more pink on the car throughout the season, especially at the debut race.
Press Release Quotes:
Laurent Rossi, CEO, Alpine: “It’s with great pleasure that we launch our A522 to the world today, marking the next chapter in Alpine’s Formula 1 journey. We are proud racers and have poured the essence of Alpine’s racing heritage and passion into this new generation of car. We have a clear plan and vision in place at Alpine and we have some of the best people in the business to help drive us forward and realise our ambitions. Our team is stronger now and, we hope, future-proof. Our driver line-up is the perfect recipe to help deliver the results we want to achieve on track. In 2022, we want to show constant progress with comprehensive developments across all sites to ensure we are contenders for the title in the future. We are going in the right direction and we want to carry on our climb to the summit.”
Esteban Ocon, BWT Alpine F1 Team driver: “I’m very excited, of course, to not only see the A522 for the first time but to drive it for the first time this week. It’s always a privilege to drive a new Formula 1 car for the first time as you know all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes at both factories in Enstone and Viry from all of the many talented people working in the different departments there. That feeling and responsibility is truly unique and very special. I feel prepared, I feel ready physically, so let’s hit the track and see what we’ve got in our hands this year!”
Fernando Alonso, BWT Alpine F1 Team driver: “It’s good to be back and I’ve been working hard to be ready for the new season. The build-up has been a long time coming after the rule change was delayed due to the pandemic. The car looks fantastic with the new regulations in place and I like the new livery. We have a new engine and we’re confident we had a good development in place for this new generation of car. We won’t know where everyone stands until Bahrain, but we’re excited to take the car for its first spin in testing this week. I hope the new regulations have worked and we get more exciting wheel to wheel racing this year.”