The new Renault boss has announced that Renault's F1 team will be re-branded as Alpine from next year. The cars will race in French racing bleu (hurrah!). De Meo says this not a nostalgic move, but really, it is. Up until the launch of the first turbo-charged F1 car, the Renault RS01, much of Renault's competition activities carried the Alpine name, especially in rallying, but including the Le Mans victory.
We saw the brief attempt by the fantasist Tony Fernandes to merge Caterham Cars with Alpine as part of his F1 adventure, but that bore no fruit and has since been reversed with Alpine now firmly in the Renault fold.
Of course, the cynic in me tells me that this will allow Renault to bail out more easily when it suits them to ditch F1, but the nostalgic in me says that this is the return of a celebrated name in motor-sport.