Alfa Romeo has unveiled images of the bold and striking red and white livery that will adorn its 2022 challenger – the C42.
The Swiss team executed a special camouflage design for three days of pre-season in Barcelona, with Valtteri Bottas, rookie Zhou Guanyu and reserve Robert Kubica sharing driving duties.
A series of mechanical glitches confined the car to the garage for long periods, and they eventually only managed 175 laps, placing them ninth out of 10 teams in the mileage charts.
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On Sunday they became the latest team to kick off their season – showcasing a livery which they say is “a subtle nod to the past, reminiscent of historic designs from years past and the heritage of Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport” in what will be the Hinwil team’s 30th year in F1.
“The start of the season is always an exciting time, when we see the fruits of the labor of hundreds of people over a long period of time,” said Team Principal Fred Vasseur.
“The C42 is a car we look forward to seeing race, not just because it’s the first we’ve built in this new cycle of regulations, one in which racing should be closer and more exciting, but because that we have the utmost confidence in this car, the team is taking a big step towards the front of the grid.
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Technical Director Jan Monchaux added: “As we unveil the C42, it may feel like the start of a new season: however, we know that this launch is just one step in a much longer journey in which all our staff in Hinwil invested. so much time, resources and energy.
“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 done. As always in a new rules cycle, the development curve will be at peak this season and we must continue to extract new performance from the C42 to achieve the progress we have set ourselves as our goal.
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Bottas, who joined Mercedes and completed just 54 laps in Barcelona, said: “What’s exciting is that we have no idea how this first race is going to go. Testing has helped confirm our expectations of where we are, the progress we’ve made with the car, but now we’re getting closer to the moment that really matters.
“Since joining this team, I’ve seen so much motivation in this team: everyone pushes a lot, tries to work harder than others to be competitive, and that gives me an extra boost when I’m in the cockpit.”
Zhou, who finished third in F2 last year before moving to F1 with Alfa Romeo, said: “I’m fully motivated for the season and seeing the C42 in the livery I’m going to drive it in definitely makes it real. We are at the start of a new era, with new cars and new regulations, and this creates an opportunity for all teams to progress as we are all starting from scratch.
Zhou Guanyu confident after his first run with the Alfa Romeo C42
“Everyone at Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen has been incredibly helpful since my arrival and seeing all the hard work, commitment and drive from everyone, in Hinwil and on the track, fills me with pride and excitement. ‘m looking forward to being on the grid with this car and working with my team to bring home the results we are aiming for together.
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Alfa Romeo, along with its nine rival teams, will have the chance to earn more mileage with the new cars during official pre-season testing in Bahrain, which begins on March 10.