Alpine launch not one, but two, A522 liveries

Date published: February 21 2022 - Michelle Foster

Alpine A522 launched in Paris. February 2022

Alpine have taken the covers off their 2022 car, the A522, just two days before the start of pre-season testing.

The team unveiled a pink-and-blue car after signing water treatment company BTW as their title sponsor in a multi-year deal.

Formula 1 has a new look this season, the sport adopting ground effect aerodynamics in a bid to create cars that are easier to follow which would lead to better racing.

To date no two teams designs have been the same with the nose, sidepods and edges of the floors catching the eye.

But with the Alpine, we’re going to have to a little longer to see the actual A522 in all of its glory as the car is already in Barcelona for a filming day on Tuesday.

For now, we have online renders of the 2022 model.

But there was room for one more surprise, for the first two races of the F1 season, Alpine will run the reverse of the main livery to celebrate their new partnership with BWT.

Alpine A522 alternative livery. February 2022

The car will be driven by Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, the team retaining the same driver pairing for a second successive season.

They’ll be supported by Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri, the Australian signing on as the team’s reserve driver for this year’s championship.

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi was on hand to set out the roadmap for the Enstone team for the 2022 season, saying P5 in the Constructors’ Championship is the bare minimum.

“We have multiple ambitions,” he said about the target for the season ahead.

“Fifth is the minimum we need to target after last year’s performance.

“So far, we have hit our targets and we are happy with the progress we are showing, but we have to be realistic that this year all the cards are thrown in the air.

“We don’t know where we are going to be until we all hit the track.

“However, what we all need to bear in mind is that where we start isn’t important; it’s where we finish. We need to continue to show improvement, targeting operational excellence and progress throughout the year.”

Last season Ocon became Formula 1’s 111th race winner when he won the Hungarian Grand Prix, a surprise victory in which he capitalised on a first lap crash that took out several contenders.

It was the Enstone team’s first win since Kimi Raikkonen’s triumph at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.

Ocon applauded Alpine’s ability in 2021 to make the most of their situations, saying all that is missing is a fast car.

He’s hoping the A522 is just that, the final piece in the puzzle for a works team that wants back on the top step of the podium.

 

Alpine, formerly known as Renault, finished fifth last season with Alonso adding a second podium to the team’s tally. The Spaniard was P3 at the Qatar Grand Prix.