Alfa Romeo F1 becomes the last team to unveil its 2022 challenger livery ahead of the upcoming new season.
The first images of the brand new C42, the first car to be produced at the team headquarters in Hinwil, were revealed through social media worldwide on Sunday.
The traditional red and white colors represent the heritage of Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport, detailing the new technical regulations in place from 2022 as one goes over the C42 smooth silhouette.
Since 2019, the partnership between both companies brought to life Alfa Romeo Racing, and now, together, they head into a new and challenging era at the pinnacle of motorsport.
Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN, commented: “The C42 is a car we look forward to seeing racing, not just because it is the first we built in this new regulations cycle, one in which racing should be closer and more thrilling, but because we have the utmost confidence in this car helping the team make a big step forward towards the front of the grid.”
The brand new design, led by Technical Director Jan Monchaux, “embraces the possibilities dictated by the new ground-effect floor, updated aerodynamic package, and 18-inch, low profile tires,” the team asserts.
In that regard, Monchaux explains further: “As we unveil the C42, it may feel like the start of a new season: we know, however, that this launch is just a milestone in a much longer journey in which our whole staff in Hinwil has invested so much time, resource and energies.”
“Designing and building this car has been a huge undertaking, and we can be proud of what we have achieved, but our work is not finished. As always in a new rules cycle, the development curve will be at its steepest this season, and we need to continue extracting new performance out of the C42 to make the progress we have set as an objective for ourselves.”
During three days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - February 23-25, the Swiss squad ran a camouflage livery, completing 175 laps overall with the C42 powered by Ferrari.
In charge of the driving duties were Alfa Romeo’s new driver’s lineup, 10-times race winner Valtteri Bottas and rookie Zhou Guanyu, as Pole Robert Kubica, continuing his duties as Reserve Driver with the team.
DRIVER’S EARLY IMPRESSIONS
Speaking about the new car and the challenges ahead, the Finn said: “I am impressed by our new car, the C42. I think the livery is really beautiful. The Alfa Romeo Centro Stile did a brilliant job.
“It’s my first car at Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN, of course, which makes it special, and I am really looking forward to being on the grid in Bahrain with it. What is exciting is that we have no idea how that first race is going to pan out.”
About pre-season testing in Barcelona, he added: “Testing helped us confirm our expectations of where we stand, the progress we have made with the car, but now we are getting closer to the moment that really matters.”
For his part, Guanyu, 22, is already making history as the first Formula One driver from China to compete in the series.
He has landed a full-time seat after showing consistent results across the three seasons he raced with UNI-Virtuosi in the FIA Formula 2 championship, a support series for Formula One.
“I am fully pumped up for the season, and seeing the C42 in the livery in which I will race it definitely makes it real.
“Everyone at Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN has been incredibly helpful since I joined, and seeing all the hard work, the commitment, and motivation from everyone in Hinwil and at the track fills me with pride and excitement. I can’t wait to be on the grid with this car and work with my team to bring home the results we are targeting together.”
In addition, experienced driver Kubica remarked: “The start of a new season is always a time where expectations, hopes, and plans come together: this year, the stakes are even higher as we are taking a bit of a jump into the unknown with the new regulations.
“There has been an incredible amount of work that went into this car, the C42, and I am looking forward to seeing what the team can achieve with it.
“In my role, I am aiming to provide as much help as possible in the development of this car. We know how big the margins of improvement are at this stage in the lifetime of a car, and we know that each upgrade can make a difference, so the work we do back at base is going to be crucial to delivering results trackside.”
From March 10-12, pre-season testing continues in Sakhir, Bahrain, at the International Circuit ahead of the season opener, the Bahrain Grand Prix, set to run from March 18-20.