Esteban Ocon hopes Alpine can build on the success it enjoyed in 2020 as it looks to build on its fifth place finish in the Formula 1 constructors' championship. 

2021 marks a new era for the Enstone-based outfit with Renault being rebranded as Alpine. 

The changes don't stop there with Fernando Alonso returning to Enstone in place of Daniel Ricciardo, while ex-Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio is Alpine's new racing director. 

Under the Renault guise, the team scored three podiums on its way to fifth in the constructors' championship.

Following the launch of the A521, Ocon outlined his and the team's ambitions for the season ahead.

“Yeah that’s fantastic,” Ocon said when reflecting on the team's 2020 results. “Best place for sure, finish fourth [fifth] for the team means a lot, means we are improving, the car is getting faster, our understanding is getting better, and the joy of the team was there after the race.

“I hope we can repeat it, to get the best result for the team, we need a win – that’s another task. We’ll push to do our best and try and get more podiums but for now let’s see how the car feels.”

Ocon added: “We definitiely want to have more of those feelings, that’s for sure. We had three podiums last year, that were good, solid podium finishes for the team, and of course we want more of those again, to taste that feeling, but until we put the car down, in Bahrain, we’re not going to know where we stand exactly, so that’s the question.”  

Ocon will get his first extended run out in the A521 when pre-season testing in Bahrain gets underway on Friday. 

The Frenchman already completed a shakedown last week at Silverstone where he completed 16 laps.

 

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