Alfa Romeo Racing has unveiled their brand new 2021 F1 car, the C41.
During a glitzy (yet thankfully brief) presentation held in Warsaw, the new car and new livery were revealed in a swish reversal of the red and white colours the team has had for the past few years.
The returning race drivers, 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, came to the stage at the team launch, along with reserve driver Robert Kubica.
Frédéric Vasseur, the Team Principal said: “The launch of a new car is always an emotional moment, the culmination of months of effort from everyone back at the factory and the start of a new adventure.
“I think the philosophy upon which the team is based remains the same – we have to do a better job tomorrow than we are doing today.”
The C41, due to the regulations, carries most of the 2020 model’s components over to the final year before the significant change coming for the 2022 technical regulations.
Two mandatory elements were required. One being changing being the floor and the other, the nose-cone, in which they invested their two development tokens.
Vasseur continued: “We finished last season in P8 [in the Teams’ Standings], so we have to target a better result in 2021.
“To do so, we have to keep improving in each department, trackside and back at HQ.
“Every team on the grid has very high expectations right now: all the teams expect to do a good job in the winter and to be in a good position for the first race, but soon it will be the time for everyone to show their cards.”
The carry over between the C41 and its predecessor meant that the team “will know the car much better than usual” when testing starts in March added Jan Monchaux, the team’s Technical Director.