Alpine has presented its 2021 Formula 1 car, the A521, ahead of its first season racing under the sports car brand.

The French outfit has undergone a rebrand over the winter, with Renault opting to promote its Alpine division.

In January the team unveiled its new identity by posting images of a black interim winter livery, in a throwback to its 1975 F1 prototype the A500.

But Alpine’s new challenger broke cover featuring a striking blue colour scheme that the company has traditionally run on its sports cars in the WEC series.

Driver Esteban Ocon was in attendance ahead of his second year at the team, but double world champion Fernando Alonso was absent from the event as he continues his recovery from a cycling accident.

Alonso, who is returning to F1 after two years away, sustained a fractured jaw after being hit by a car whilst cycling in Switzerland, but is expected to be fit before the first race in Bahrain on March 28.

The Spaniard last raced at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for McLaren, and is now back at the team he won both his world championships with in 2005 and 2006.

During its final season as Renault, the Enstone-based team finished fifth in the constructors’ championship for a second successive campaign, but with almost double its points haul from 2019.

Having returned to F1 as a fully-fledged outfit in 2016, it ended a nine-year wait for a top-three finish last year, claiming three podiums at the Nurburgring, Imola and Bahrain.

The departure of team principal Cyril Abiteboul has seen changes to Alpine’s management, with Laurent Rossi appointed CEO and Davide Brivio joining as racing director after a long stint as Suzuki’s team boss in MotoGP.

Marcin Budkowski, who had been rumoured to be replacing Abiteboul as team principal, will remain part of the leadership team as executive director.

Ocon will give the A521 its first on-track outing with a shakedown run at SIlverstone on Wednesday.