Alpine Motorsports hosted its 2024 Formula 1 season launch today with the dual unveiling of the A524 F1 car and the A424 World Endurance Championship (WEC) Hypercar with the French team‘s drivers.
They are Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly and Alpine F1 reserve Jack Doohan as well as junior drivers Bruno Famin and Matt Harman.
Ahead of the 2024 season, the team is firmly committed to F1 and motor racing, confirming in the official Alpine A524 launch press release: “Renault Group remains dedicated to the Formula 1 project buoyed by the valued support of CEO Luca De Meo. Formula 1 continues to be a key pillar in ‘Renaultlution’ under the Alpine brand, headed by CEO Philippe Krief.
“Motorsport is the core of Alpine’s DNA and the brand’s commitment to racing is highlighted in the fact it is the most involved of any car company in FIA racing categories with presence in Formula 1, World Endurance, open-wheel racing and rallying.”
Ocon and Gasly teammates for the second year at Alpine
On seeing his new ‘office’ for the first time Ocon said: “It goes without saying that I am super excited for the season and I cannot wait to jump back in the car and go racing again. This time of the year is exciting as it is the moment we see what the team has produced.
“I have seen drawings, been on the simulator but, obviously, not yet seen or sampled the complete, real thing. That will wait until shakedown but it’s a nice moment for the team as it’s the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work.
“As a driver, it’s a goosebumps moment when you jump in a new car for the first time and release the pit limiter. That time is close now with the A524 and I really cannot wait to get started,” enthused the 27-year-old Frenchman.
His teammate, a year older and fellow countryman, Gasly added: “I would say that I am in a much better place right now than this time 12 months ago. I know exactly all the people I’m working with; I know all the processes and how to get the best out of those around me and out of myself.
“It is nice to have continuity and build on the foundations that we created last year. I’m feeling confident with the team I have around me. We have all been developing over the last year. Now I am confident that I can attack the season straight away and maximise the full potential of the team,” concluded Gasly.
The Alpine A524 is a brand-new concept created for the next two seasons
The official 2024 Alpine Motorsport press kit had more: “BWT Alpine F1 Team gears up for its fourth season in Formula 1 in the 2024 FIA Formula 1 World Championship led by its dynamic, all-French driver line-up, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly for the second consecutive year.
“The unveiling of the A524 Formula 1 car marks a change in philosophy and approach to the team’s ambitions in Formula 1, guided by Team Principal Bruno Famin with its technical teams led by Technical Directors Matt Harman in Enstone and Eric Meignan in Viry-Châtillon.”
Formerly the Renault team, and currently the only French team in F1, Alpine added on A524 launch day: “The A524 is a brand-new concept created for the next two seasons and is marked by innovative solutions as a result of learnings from previous iterations.
“The bold approach will allow the team to apply a stronger development path across the next two campaigns before the radical change in technical regulations following that.”
Contemporary artist Felipe Pantone designed the A524 livery
The press release adds: “For 2024, the team is loyally supported by title partner BWT and its premium partners BP, Castrol, and Renault E-Tech. As a result, the livery has been designed in collaboration with contemporary artist Felipe Pantone to bring a fresh and unique vision to the car design.
“Using black as its core, the colours are an embodiment of traditional Alpine blue, the predominant colour for the campaign, matched with the now world-renowned pink colours of BWT. The livery will be inverted to be pink-dominated at eight rounds of the 2024 season.
“Esteban, Pierre and the team will take on Formula 1’s record-breaking 24-race calendar, which spans 11 months of the year, covering five continents and begins in February in Bahrain and ends in Abu Dhabi in December. The calendar also includes the return to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix for the first time since 2019.”