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Country of origin:France
Produced in:2021
Predecessor:Renault R.S. 20
Successor:Alpine A522 Renault
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 15, 2021
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe first Renault-backed Formula 1 car developed was the un-raced Alpine A500 of 1976. By the time, the car was sufficiently developed to hit the track, it had been renamed the Renault R.S. 01. Over forty years later, the company has come full circle and from 2021 season onwards, the former Renault team will race under the Alpine F1 banner.

The Renault sports car subsidiary will make it is long delayed Formula 1 debuted with the A521. As per the special COVID-19 influenced regulations, it is a developed of the car raced as a Renault in 2020. In an effort to safe costs, each team was handed a pair of development tokens that could be used to make improvements where this was deemed most useful. Further complicating things were changes to the rules affecting the aerodynamics, which were designed to slow the cars down.

The Alpine team used the tokens to make up for the downforce lost due to the regulation changes. In an effort to clean up the airflow to the all-important rear diffuser, some of the cooling architecture was relocated from the side-pods to the area above and behind the engine. Such are the aero benefits of the ever smaller side-pods that the higher centre of gravity was of little concern. Another change was a bulkier air-box that with some imagination could bring back fond memories of the Ligier JS5 of the 1970s.

For the 2021 season, the Alpine F1 Team will use the services of Esteban Ocon, who already raced for Renault in 2020 and double World Champion Fernando Alonso, who in the past had been successful for the Renault team in two separate stints.

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