By Robert Haile
The final team to reveal their Formula One 2023 entry took aim at the top three from 2022.
The French team, Alpine revealed two different liveries for the A523 with the return of the BWT pink.
At the event in front live audience at London’s Printworks both Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo and Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi were in attendance as both liveries and new drivers were unveiled to the world.
The car livery is yet again a striking design, combining the iconic colours of Alpine blue with the dashing pink of the team’s title partner BWT.
On the night, the team also confirmed its reversed, full pink livery for the opening three Grand Prix of the season in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Heading into his second year with the team Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal speaking at the event said: “This time of the year is often filled with both excitement and anticipation ahead of a new Formula 1 season.
“It was a fantastic feeling to reach our objectives in 2022 by finishing in a well-deserved fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship; a healthy and significant milestone on our 100-race plan as outlined by Laurent at the beginning of the season.
“We have just under 80 races left on this mission and I’m proud to lead the team on this journey. For 2023, the aim is simple: at a minimum, we must finish in fourth and in a much more convincing fashion.
“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.”
The team officially unveiled its new 2023 driver line-up in team colours for the first time with Esteban Ocon – in his fourth year at the team – joined by compatriot Pierre Gasly who was announced as an BWT Alpine F1 Team driver last October.
The pairing is an emotional and compelling story, given the duo grew up in Normandy and first met as aspiring race drivers at nine years of age.
Esteban Ocon, who was also in attendance in London said: “I am very excited for the coming season with BWT Alpine F1 Team, my fourth year with the Enstone-Viry family.
“We showed some great progress in 2022 and everyone in France and the United Kingdom has been working hard on developing the car for 2023.
“I cannot wait to get the season underway to continue the upwards trajectory from last year, and I am looking forward to testing the car properly in the pre-season test.
“The livery looks fantastic – it really stands out – and I’m sure it’s going to look amazing on track. I have been working very hard over the winter to prepare for the start of the season, I feel like I’m in really good shape and, right now, I’m certainly ready to go racing again.”
Pierre Gasly, who joins the team from AlphaTauri said: “It’s fantastic to be officially unveiled as a BWT Alpine F1 Team Race Driver and I’m very much looking forward to this next stage of my career.
“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.
“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.
“It is great to see the dedication that everyone at Enstone and Viry applies to their daily jobs in consistently pushing forwards and I cannot wait to get started in helping the team to reach its objectives for the year.”
The team also announced that Australian Jack Doohan would becomes the team’s official Reserve Driver for 2023 alongside his duties in racing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.
Doohan was not at the launch as he is out in Bahrain preparing for the Formula 2 season.