Alpine may be a new name to Formula 1 for 2021, as Renault’s F1 team is rebranded, but their famous sportscar arm has plenty of motorsport heritage. The rebirth marks the next step in Renault’s F1 revival, begun in 2016 with the takeover of the then-Lotus team. They’ve been back on the podium since then, but now – with a new management and driver line-up in place – wins must be the next target…
Three podium finishes – the first since Renault’s works return – signal a significant step forward ahead of the team’s Alpine rebrand, and Fernando Alonso’s comeback, for 2021.
Progress up the championship order is halted, ironically by new Renault customers McLaren, who demote them to fifth in the standings, despite Daniel Ricciardo securing their best result to date with P4 in Italy.
Rise up the grid continues apace, seeing off Haas to become ‘best of the rest’ behind the top three teams. Not quite podium contenders yet – fifth places in Azerbaijan and Germany are their best results – but their obvious potential lures Daniel Ricciardo away from Red Bull for 2019, replacing Carlos Sainz.