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Ocon shakes down the A521

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03/03/2021

Esteban Ocon was at the wheel of the Alpine A521 at Silverstone today as the French team took to the track for a filming day.

The A521, powered by this year's Renault E-Tech 20B power unit, is an evolution of last year's R.S.20 with the core structure of the package a continuation from 2020.

The team has worked hard over the winter months to adapt to the FIA imposed aerodynamic rule changes, in particular, with development work at the rear of the car.

The car headed out on track minutes after 09:00 for an installation lap. With a short delay, due to low-lying morning fog in Northamptonshire, Ocon pushed on, completing 16 laps of the full 5.891km Grand Prix circuit.

"It was really good fun today," said the Frenchman. "First of all, it was nice to get in the car again at a track like Silverstone as that's always something special.

"The car felt nice to drive for the first time and we managed to get through our programme as planned. There was a bit of a delay this morning with the fog, but once that cleared, the track was dry and that made the running very enjoyable.

"I wish I could drive for more than 100km, but that's the limit, and I leave here with a smile on my face. We want to take that into Bahrain next week when conditions will be more representative with the race tyres and some heat.

"All in all, it was a very interesting day and I can't wait to discover more about the car. I have to say, I love the new colours. It's the best-looking car on the grid!"

The team's preparations for the season continue with testing in Bahrain beginning next week, when Fernando Alonso will join Ocon to enjoy his first taste of the A521.

Once again, the teams are giving little away, with Alpine only issuing 4 images from today's action, none of them showing any significant detail of the car.

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1. Posted by kenji, 05/03/2021 11:10

"Hahaha Good one. Paul Simon evergreen."

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2. Posted by Editor, 04/03/2021 6:37

"@ Kenji

As a man once sang... "You can call me AL... peen""

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3. Posted by kenji, 03/03/2021 23:25

"I don't particularly like the new livery. Whilst that is unimportant in the greater scheme of things I rather prefer the Renault yellow style as a link. One small point I am anxious to clear up is the pronunciation of the name. Is it phonetically ALPEEN or is it ALPYNE. Some dictionaries say that it can be either but it does grate when I hear the former. Do we call PINEWOOD PEENWOOD ? Do we PYNE or PEEN for someones company? A BALLPEEN hammer is not spelt BALLPINE !!! Maybe an in house wordsmith can clear this up as I fear that it will be a mix during the season.

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