During a spectacular ceremony in Warsaw’s Grand Theatre, with media, fans and employees watching virtually in respect of Covid regulations, the new C41 entered the stage in a new livery with Team drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi and reserve driver Robert Kubica.
Featuring a novel colour scheme, designed by Alfa Romeo’s Centro Stile with the now traditional red and white colours of the team, the car, designed under the coordination of Technical Director Jan Monchaux, is the evolution of the C39 that competed in the 2020 season. It carries over many of the components of its predecessor, while still striking with its renewed appearance, in particular in regard to the nosecone, an area on which the team focused its development tokens. Under the bodywork, a new Ferrari engine is ready to roar when the team embarks onto a new season with the C41’s shakedown in Barcelona on Friday.
The Alfa Romeo logo is flanked by the Quadrifoglio – four-leaf clover – traditionally associated with Alfa Romeo’s racing efforts, and the logo of Autodelta, the brand’s legendary racing team. These logos adorn the bodywork and create a design that embodies the passion and tradition of the marques it represents.
Alfa Romeo is once again alongside Sauber Motorsport for the 2021 Formula One World Championship. This partnership started in 2018 and in 3 years so far, the Team has conquered important results.
But this cooperation extends beyond racing and allows Sauber Engineering’s technical expertise to be transferred to Alfa Romeo road car production. In particular, the Giulia GTA project benefits from this long-standing partnership leveraging the technical know-how of Sauber AG Engineering and Aerodynamics divisions. Alfa Romeo entrusted Sauber Engineering with the production of most of the carbon components in the GTA and GTAm.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “The launch of a new car is always emotional. The teams’ philosophy remains the same: we have to do a better job tomorrow than we are doing today. We finished last season in P8, so we have to target a better result in 2021. To do so, we keep improving in each department, trackside and back at HQ. All 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.”
Jan Monchaux, Technical Director Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN: “The C41 is the result of a very unusual situation: the regulations have made us unable to develop an entire new car for this year. For this reason, our 2021 car shares a lot with the C39, with the exception of those which the regulations forced us to change such as the floor and the nosecone. This means we will know the car much better than usual when we get to testing: we can’t wait to see it on track.”