A521 Shakedown: Alpine F1 Workforce opened its 2021 season right now with the A521’s maiden outing at Silverstone Circuit on a 100km-limited filming day.
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Race driver Esteban Ocon was on the wheel for the primary time within the 2021 challenger, which featured its placing, new, blue livery, unveiled yesterday on the official staff launch.
The A521, powered by this 12 months’s Renault E-Tech 20B energy unit, is an evolution of final 12 months’s R.S.20 with the core construction of the package deal a continuation from 2020. The staff has labored onerous over the winter months to adapt to the FIA imposed aerodynamic rule adjustments, specifically, with improvement work on the rear of the automotive.
The automotive exited the storage and headed out on monitor minutes after 09:00 am native time for an set up lap.
With a brief delay, attributable to low-lying morning fog in Northamptonshire, Esteban pushed on, finishing 16 laps of the complete 5.891km Grand Prix circuit as he continues to mattress himself into new staff colors.
Discussing his first impressions of the A521, Esteban commented: “It was actually good enjoyable right now. To begin with, it was good to get within the automotive once more at a monitor like Silverstone as that’s all the time one thing particular. The automotive felt good to drive for the primary time and we managed to get by means of our programme as deliberate. There was a little bit of a delay this morning with the fog, however as soon as that cleared, the monitor was dry and that made the operating very pleasant. I want I may drive for greater than 100km, however that’s the restrict, and I depart right here with a smile on my face. We wish to take that into Bahrain subsequent week when circumstances might be extra consultant of the race tyres and a few warmth. All in all, it was a really attention-grabbing day and I can’t wait to find extra concerning the automotive. I’ve to say, I really like the brand new colors. It’s the best-looking automotive on the grid!”
The staff’s preparations for the 2021 FIA Formulation 1 World Championship season proceed with testing in Bahrain starting subsequent week – 12, 13, 14 March – when Fernando Alonso will be part of Esteban to get pleasure from his first style of the A521.