Russian Daniil Kvyat has been launched as Alpine F1’s reserve driver this season as the Renault-owned crew unveiled its 2021 System One automobile.
Kvyat lost his flee seat at Pink Bull-owned AlphaTauri to Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda at the terminate of last season.
The 26-yr-old-fashioned additionally served as Ferrari reserve in 2018 when he was additionally dropped by Pink Bull.
He has made 110 flee starts to this level, with three podium finishes.
“In a yr of pandemic, it is a necessity for us to have a real support up, and Daniil has confirmed that he is a really rapid and loyal driver beneath very complicated instances,” Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi said.
“He has already scored three podiums at the age of 26, so we are very, very entirely cheerful to have someone who is going in relate to step up if the need arises.”
The rebranded Alpine crew have Frenchman Esteban Ocon, 24, and Spain’s double world champion Fernando Alonso, 39, as their flee line up.
Their reserve last yr, as the Renault crew, was Russian Sergey Sirotkin. Chinese language driver Guanyu Zhou would possibly perchance perchance maybe be the take a look at driver.
Ocon said he had been impressed by his older teammate Alonso, who he said did no longer sight or drive fancy someone his age.
“He doesn’t sight fancy a 39-yr-old-fashioned and he doesn’t drive fancy a 39-yr-old-fashioned,” Ocon told journalists.
“So belief me, he’ll be ready and he’ll be acting at high stage. No query he’ll be real however I will carry out my simplest towards him and push him as laborious as I’m able to.”
The novel Alpine automobile’s livery of blue, white and crimson match the colours of the French flag as a replace of the yellow and murky of the Renault automobile.
The crew said the novel colours are “synonymous to Alpine’s heritage and pedigree in motorsports.”
The 2021 season starts in Bahrain on March 28.