Formula 1 team Alpine reveals 2022 car A522 ahead of pre-season testing

(Motorsport) Formula 1’s Alpine are the penultimate team to reveal their 2022 car called the A522, two days before the first pre-season test. The French team are looking to make significant progress amidst the change in regulations in what is their second campaign in the elite motorsport competition. 

Formerly known as Renault, the livery of A522 is predominantly blue with large splashes of pink featuring BWF, their new title sponsor. The team also revealed that the colour scheme will “flip” for the first two races of the season which means the car’s dominant colour will be pink for the Bahrain and Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.

The French team unveiled A522 just two days before pre-season testing, becoming the ninth team in the Formula 1 grid to do so. The car was showcased in Paris and the team will undoubtedly hope to improve on their impressive fifth place finish in the Constructors Standings from last year and will look to capitalise on the new regulations which are meant to improve wheel-to-wheel racing. 

The A522 will be driven by Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and the team have made significant changes behind the scenes with Otmar Szafnauer joining in as team principal while Pat Fry joins in as chief technical officer. Speaking at the launch, Fernando Alonso said “I came back because of this regulation. I think the team did an amazing job, so we are all very motivated. I’m optimistic, confident, I think the team did a good job with the car and we’re ready to go.” 

With only Alfa Romeo remaining, the Italian manufacturers will be unveiling their car on Sunday, 27th February after pre-season testing. The Circuit de Catalunya will see three days of action from Wednesday morning until Friday evening as teams will test their 2022 cars and will give fans a potential indication of how they will fare when the season begins. 

Also read: Otamar Szafnauer joins Alpine as their team principal


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