Alpine F1 Team is a Formula One constructor which made its debut at the start of the 2021 Formula One World Championship. Formerly named Renault F1 Team and owned by the French automotive company Groupe Renault, the team was rebranded for 2021 to promote Renault’s sports car brand, Alpine, and continues to serve as Renault’s works team. The chassis and managerial side of the team is based in Enstone, Oxfordshire, England, and the engine side of the team is based in Viry-Châtillon, a suburb of Paris, France.The team entity has a long history, first competing in Formula One in 1981 as Toleman, when the team was based in Witney, England.In 1986, following its purchase by Benetton Group, it was renamed and competed as Benetton. As Benetton, it won the 1995 Constructors’ Championship and its driver, Michael Schumacher, won two Drivers’ Championships in 1994 and 1995. Prior to the 1992 season it moved to its current location in Enstone, UK. By the 2000 season, Renault had purchased the team (for the first time), and by the 2002 season its name was changed to Renault F1 Team, and it was racing as Renault.Renault won the Constructors’ Championship in 2005 and 2006 and its driver, Fernando Alonso won the Drivers’ Championships in the same two years. In 2011, Lotus Cars came onboard as a sponsor, and the team’s name changed to Lotus Renault GP, though still racing as just “Renault” for that season. By 2012, Genii Capital had a majority stake in the team, and from 2012 until 2015 the team’s name was Lotus F1 Team, after its branding partner, and it raced as “Lotus”. At the end of 2015, Renault had taken over the team for a second time, renaming it to Renault Sport Formula One Team.The team raced as “Renault” again, from 2016, and continued as such until the end of the 2020 season. When discussing the history of the organisation as a whole rather than those of specific constructors it has operated, the colloquialism “Team Enstone” is generally used.
|Full Team Name||Alpine F1 Team|
|Base||Enstone, United Kingdom|
|Team Chief||Davide Brivio|
|Technical Chief||Pat Fry / Remi Taffin|
|First Team Entry||1986|
|Highest Race Finish||1 (x21)|