French manufacturer Alpine unveiled its 2022 Formula 1 challenger in Paris on Monday, becoming the ninth team to unveil its car for the upcoming season ahead of the first winter test later this week. The Renault-owned team’s new A522 has been designed to the sport’s radical new rules, with cleaner, swept-back aerodynamics and larger 18-inch wheels, aimed at improving wheel-to-wheel racing.
It also features a revised livery, with the pink color scheme of new title partner and water technology company BWT mixed with the team’s traditional blue. Alpine’s aim is to challenge for the championship within 100 races of the start of the new era of Formula 1 rules, which begins with the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 20.
“In 2022 we want to show steady progress with full developments at all sites to ensure we are title contenders in the future,” said Alpine chief executive Laurent Rossi. “We are heading in the right direction and we want to continue our climb to the top.”
The team, which has finished fifth in the constructors’ standings for the past three years, has recently strengthened its technical department and last week announced the signing of former Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer as new as the team’s new manager in an effort to reverse their plateau. form. The team, which enters 2022 with an unchanged driver line-up of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso and Frenchman Esteban Ocon, returned to the top step of the podium last season, with Ocon handing them their first victory since the Grand Prix. of Australia 2013 in Hungary. .
“I had the displeasure of racing against these formidable competitors,” Szafnauer said. “I remember too well when they beat us in Hungary and didn’t take the wrong foot,” he said of Ocon’s victory over Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel who finished second in the road but was later disqualified for a fuel irregularity.
Alpine displayed a 2022 show car at its Paris event, but released images of its actual car, which is currently being prepared for the first pre-season test in Barcelona which begins on Wednesday.
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