Alpine are the last team to unveil their 2022 Formula 1 car and livery before the pre-season ‘shakedown’ this week.
The Enstone-based team were expected to reveal a heavily revised look for only their second season under the Alpine name, having signed a title sponsorship deal with BWT.
Pre-eminent in several motorsport categories over the years, the water distribution company is famed for its bright pink and blue liveries on cars in which it has a title sponsorship deal with. Most famously a full BWT pink livery featured on the Force Indias in 2017 and 2018, staying throughout the team’s transition to Racing Point until the end of 2020.
Team owner Lawrence Stroll rebranded the outfit as the Aston Martin Racing team, demoting BWT’s pink to small accents within a British racing green livery.
BWT since left Aston Martin alongside Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer and joined the Alpine team.
The new look was certainly a revised one, featuring blocks of pink on the front wing, sidepod and rear wing incorporated into the shiny blue, red and white design – connoting the French flag in its original 2021 colour scheme. Its worth noting how this livery alone does not grant BWT’s wish for a return of the fully pink livery to F1.
However the launch show wasn’t quite over yet, with CEO of Renault Luca De Meo, CEO of Alpine Laurent Rossi and brand new Team Principal Szafnauer joined on stage by BWT’s CEO Andreas Weissenbacher, who officially revealed Alpine’s surprise.
The team will sport a “flipped” livery design for Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon to sport in the first two races of the year in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. As both races are to be held under the night sky, BWT pink becomes the prominent colour in creating this flourescent all-pink livery.
Permission from the FIA will have been granted for the mid-season colour swap, however its yet to be offically understood which livery will feature in pre-season testing.
It wouldn’t be unwise to expect the former design to be present in testing.