AlphaTauri and Alpine have become the latest teams to reveal the launch dates for their 2022 Formula 1 car ahead of the season.
Both outfits come off the back of a season-long battle for fifth place in the constructors’ championship, which after 22 races went in favour of Alpine.
The Enstone-based team underwent a rebrand in 2021, transitioning from its former guise Renault to Alpine in a strategic move to promote the French manufacturer’s sister car brand.
As well as a new name, Alpine re-joined forces with double world champion Fernando Alonso, who returned to the series after a two-year spell away.
Alongside team-mate Esteban Ocon, Alonso would prove a consistent pair of hands, scoring points at 15 rounds – including a first podium in seven years in Qatar.
The French squad would also claim its first win since Australia 2013 courtesy of Ocon at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Alpine announced it would unveil the A522 on February 21, two days prior to the first pre-season test in Barcelona.
AlphaTauri has chosen to launch its 2022 challenger on February 14, with the AT03 marking the team’s third design since being renamed from Toro Rosso.
A sixth place finish for AlphaTauri in the constructors’ standings last year matched its previous best from 2008 and 2019, finishing just 13 points shy of Alpine.
Pierre Gasly proved one of the star performers in 2021, qualifying 15 times in top-six over the season on his way to a top-10 finish in the drivers’ championship.
AlphaTauri also fielded Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda, who came with a big reputation after staring in Formula 2, but struggled to match Gasly over the year.
The Honda junior driver’s season was plagued by too many errors, but he showed improvement in the second half of the campaign with several Q3 appearances and a fourth place finish at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
AlphaTauri and Alpine will debut their cars at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which hosts the first pre-season test before a further three days of testing from March 10-12 in Bahrain.
F1 confirmed on Wednesday the Barcelona test would not be televised or have fans in attendance, but that TV coverage and spectators would return for the second test at the Sakhir International Circuit.