Alfa Romeo Launches C41 challenger in Poland
Same drivers and a little different car for the 2021 season
WARSAW, Poland—Some formula 1 teams did not change anything for this upcoming season, the drivers and even somewhat, the color scheme. The Alfa Romeo Team was one of these and the Swiss-owned unit launched their latest challenger online, the C41, on Monday morning in this Eastern European city.
As expected, the Italian car manufacturer retains main sponsorship of Sauber’s team, along with Polish energy group Orlen, back for their second season as sponsor.
The colors on the car remain white and red. Although this season, the colors themselves are reversed and the team has changed the front nose to a different design, along with a different crash structure. As they are to follow the 2021 regulations, Alfa Romeo have redesigned the floor and the diffuser.
According to Technical Director Jan Monchaux, nearly everything on the C41 is the same, giving the unit a better chance to be familiar with the car.
"Our 2021 car shares a lot of common parts with [last year's] C39, with the exception of those which the regulations forced us to change -- such as the floor -- and the nosecone, in which we invested our two development tokens," Monchaux said. “This means we will know the car much better than usual when we get to testing, but it's still going to be crucial to make the most of those three days to verify that reality matches our expectations and to get to know the new tires. We are ready for the new season and we can't wait to see our new car on track."
For the third season in a row, Kimi Raikkonen will be returning for the team, along with Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, who improved his results late last season. The C41, (The C named after Peter Sauber’s wife, Christianne) will run a private trial later this week at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, before heading to Bahrain for pre-season testing in a couple of weeks.