Alpine unveiled its 2023 Formula 1 challenger – the A523 – with the new driver lineup of Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly. This season, Alpine will run two different liveries: base livery for most of the season of Alpine blue with a smattering pink from the team’s title partner BWT, and a new decorative crystallized pattern to symbolize Alpine’s derivation and historical roots in the Alps. For the opening three races of the 2023 season in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Australia, the color scheme will be reversed into a full pink livery.
“The livery looks fantastic – it really stands out – and I’m sure it’s going to look amazing on track,” says Ocon.
The French racing team (Alpine is a subsidiary of Renault) is hoping that the new A523 can build on last season’s fourth-place finish in the Constructors’ championship and move the team beyond its middle-of-the-pack status. The A523 is an evolutionary step from its predecessor, the A522, and received extensive development during the recent winter months by Alpine’s development teams in Enstone (U.K.) and Viry-Châtillon (France).
“For 2023, the aim is simple: at a minimum, we must finish in fourth and in a much more convincing fashion,” says Otmar Szafnauer, Alpine F1 Team Principal. By that, it means more finishes, more points and less unforced retirements. I have high expectations from everyone in the team – not least Esteban and Pierre – who will work collaboratively to deliver the best possible results for the team.”
For the 2023 season, Alpine signed former Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly to replace two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, who jumped shipped for Aston Martin. Gasly joins Ocon to form an all-French driver lineup for a French F1 team.
The A523 makes its on-track debut during pre-season testing at Bahrain International Circuit from February 23-25, and the 2023 F1 season begins on March 5 at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
“I am eager to see the potential and capabilities of the A523 at pre-season testing and to continue getting more comfortable with the team,” says Gasly. “Experiencing the power of the A522 at the end of last season and seeing the developments the team is bringing for this year’s car has made me excited for what is to come with Alpine.”