Renault F1 team rebranding as Alpine from next season

PARIS (AP) – The Renault Formula One team will rebrand as Alpine from next season and will race in the colours of the French flag.

The Alpine F1 team will still use Renault’s engines but drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, who is French, will have a car decked out in blue, white and red instead of yellow and black.

“Alpine brings a new meaning, new values and colours to the paddock with the spirit of competition from other worlds,” Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul said. “Alpine has its place in Formula 1 and can challenge for victory.”

New Group CEO Luca De Meo is reorganising the company to place more emphasis on key brands, such as Alpine, which produces a sportscar.

Renault driver Esteban Ocon of France steers his car during the third practice session for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack in Monza, Italy. PHOTO: AP