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Alpine, who had been in F1 as Renault until this season, lost the last remaining customer team when McLaren decided to switch from Renault to a Mercedes power unit in 2021.

In short, the costume of the work Enstone is the only team remaining on the grid using the engine of Viry-Chatillon.

Last year, retired team principal Cyril Abiteboul said Renault was “happy to focus on himself,” but if the manufacturer has added value, he would consider adding a partner team.

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Abiteboul then moved from Enstone during the transition to Alpine’s identity, but Alpine’s new brand CEO Rossi said French constructors are ready to welcome their partner teams in the future.

“We accept this idea, not necessarily looking for it,” Rossi said at the launch of the Alpine A521 F1 car.

“We’re building on the current F1 team, so it would be nice to have a partner team, but I don’t think it’s essential. Complete autonomy, complete independence, and completeness to the F1 team. I need a lot of dedication.

“Building a partner team may be great in the future because it can deliver business results, but it’s not something we’re actively looking for at this point.”

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Rossi admits that the lack of a second or third team to drive the development of complex hybrid power units is a drawback of that strategy, but there are many advantages to offset it. Is called.

“The downside may be the fact that you can lose some of the core development you get from running two or more teams in parallel,” Rossi added. “But frankly, if something goes wrong, it can quickly outweigh it.

“The advantage is that you can devote yourself to designing your own engine and installing it in your car. This is a real take advantage of the fact that you are a manufacturer, distracted by other activities. It is a big advantage because it can be done.

“I would like to add the fact that one of the disadvantages can occur if it is specified to provide. [engines] If you’re not ready for another team, you need to consistently increase your workforce.

“I don’t know if that’s a very desirable effect, so after all, we’re very happy to be able to supply ourselves at this point.”

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Alpine opens to add partner F1 team

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