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The two new brands which have entered the 2021 F1 season, Alpine and Aston Martin, have announced their launch plans for the championship.

Alpine will reveal its 2021 Formula 1 car, the A521, on March 2nd. Aston Martin will present its new car at 3pm the day after. Both teams will hold virtual launches.

The A521 will be the first Formula 1 car launched by Alpine since it took on the name of Renault’s performance sub-brand for this season. Renault’s rebranding as Alpine was announced in September last year and an interim version of the team’s livery was presented by Renault in January.

Fernando Alonso, who will make his return to Formula 1 this year with Alpine, suffered a fractured jaw following a cycling accident last week. He was released from hospital yesterday and is expected to complete his recovery in time for the start of the season.

Alpine has appointed Davide Brivio as its new racing director in place of Cyril Abiteboul. Brivio arrives at the team following a successful spell running Suzuki’s Moto GP programme.

Renault returned to Formula 1 as a full constructor in 2016. Last year the team scored its first podium finish since rejoining the series.

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