The drivers of the “Alfa Romeo Racing” Formula 1 team experienced a day steeped in the Alfa Romeo brand ethos at the famous Balocco Proving Ground, the FCA group's iconic testing complex. It was here, at the famous Autodelta site, that the very first Alfa Romeo models were assembled. Since then, its sporting legend has been a string of victories and top-three finishes in many international championships, including Formula 1. In fact, the brand won the very first edition of the Grand Prix championship in 1950, with Nino Farina driving an Alfa Romeo158.And the following year, Juan Manuel Fangio repeated this Formula 1 season victory in an Alfa Romeo 159.
Today, this glorious legacy is entrusted to the new "Alfa Romeo Racing" team, and the drivers chosen to take the wheels of its cars in the 2019 season fittingly represent the team's successful, Italian identity: Antonio Giovinazzi and 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkonen. During the Balocco test drives, Antonio and Kimi felt at home at once: the location for the day was the famous “Alfa Romeo Track”, a 5.6 kilometre circuit which offers all the thrills of a real Formula 1 course. The ideal context for showcasing the characteristics of the Alfa Romeo range.
So the spotlights were on Giulietta, Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which co-starred with the Formula 1 drivers in exciting driving activities and track video production sessions. The Quadrifoglio models, bearing the legendary symbol adopted by Alfa Romeo in 1923, are a distillation of the finest technical and performance features! They are equipped with the exclusive aluminium 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine, developed with inputs from Ferrari technologies and engineering know-how, which delivers maximum power of 510 HP and generates a torque of 600 Nm.
Alongside the cars which have defined the brand's paradigm, the new compact Alfa Romeo was also put through its paces. Giulietta has evolved, while maintaining its unmistakable style and strongly sporty character very much intact. With its intrinsic ability to delight customers who appreciate Italian style and technical excellence at the service of driving pleasure in total safety, its characteristics did not fail to impress on the Balocco circuit, in a truly wonderful day. A full immersion in the Alfa Romeo world, with unique stars for what promises to be a thrilling season.
Turin, 13 February 2019