Last year, at the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony that crowned the best soccer player in the world in Paris, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon made a special appearance carrying the two Ballon d’Ors for Leo Messi and Alexia Putellas in an A110.
This year Alonso did not appear at the glamorous France Football gala, but Alpine’s ties to the event continued and it was his teammate Ocon who carried one of the Ballon d’Ors, which this time went to Karim Benzema and again to the Spanish Alexia Putellas , historical double winner.
Thus, Ocon, in a Lotus Renault E21 from the 2013 season painted in the current colors of Alpine, carried the Ballon d’Or tied to the engine cover of his car to the Théâtre Du Châtelet in Paris and then, before kissing it and posing with he (still in overalls and gloves) deposited it in its place for later delivery.
However, and despite the fact that Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon broke into the gala that began in 2021 to discover their faces and reveal their identity, #31 this time was not part of the ceremony.
Video: Esteban Ocon delivers the 2022 Ballon d’Or in Paris
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El Lotus E21 es con el que disputaron el curso 2013 Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen y Heikki Kovalainen.
The Frenchman was not the only representative of Alpine at the ceremony, since Laurent Rossi, CEO of the brand, also attended, and the future driver of the team was also in the audience, a Pierre Gasly who still belongs to AlphaTauri but who will be Ocon’s partner in 2023.
Alpine will have a 100% French line-up next season and will continue to be the team that represents the country in Formula 1.
In addition to that night act, it was an intense day for Alpine, with the start of the Paris Motor Show, where they presented their A110R and their Alpenglow concept, which were accompanied by the A522 of this season of the Great Circus.
From this Tuesday and until Sunday, all those attending the Motor Show will be able to enjoy the three models.
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