French carmaker has changed color schemes this season without giving up on the new name sponsorship with water company BWTwhose brand and iconic pink corporate color is represented on the front wing, side and rear wing.
The A522 has a push-up suspension at the front and traction at the rear. The nose is more elevated relative to the front wing than some other rival cars, with very narrow inlets on the side bases that have cooling gills that some other teams have taken.
The new livery and car appear after the winter of wider changes in clothing, following a change of leadership carried out by CEO Laurent Rossi.
He led former Aston Martin boss Otmar Schaffnauer as team leader, and former FIA man Bruno Famin joined to help lead Renault’s engine division in Viry-Chatillon.
Rossi says the minimum target for Alpine this year again fifth place, but he is striving for the best.
“We have a lot of ambition,” he said of the challenge for next season. “Fifth is the minimum we should target after last year’s figure.
“So far we have achieved our goals 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 will be until we are all on the track.
“However, we all need to remember that no matter where we start, it is where we end. We must continue to show improvement, focusing on operational excellence and progress throughout the year.”
Schaffnauer’s arrival as head of the team came after Rossi felt that last summer Alpine needed a management adjustment, after which CEO Martin Budkowski left.
While there is no confirmed date for Schaffnauer’s arrival, Rossi believes the qualities he can bring will help lead the team forward.
However, Schaffnauer was present at the team’s launch on Monday.
“I firmly believe in passion, teamwork and respect for the individual,” he said. “We have to be passionate about what we do, no matter the task.
“The key to the success of a high-performance team has been and always will be teamwork. We will control what we can control, we will enjoy our journey, and we will enjoy racing because that is what we need to do here.
“As a team, we are all racers and that is why we enjoy our work in Formula One. With this passion and teamwork, I know that success will come. ”