Kimi Raikkonen and Anotnio Giovinazzi were on hand for winter testing in Barcelona but first, they had to introduce the new C39 car for the 2020 Formula 1 season. Alfa Romeo ORLEN was the last team to launch their 2020 livery in a case of saving the best for last, so to speak.
Teamed with reserve drivers, Robert Kubica and Tatiana Calderon, the team pulled off the covers of a car that the team says is a completely different approach than simply an slight evolution of last year’s car.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
“The C39 is the product of the hard work and vision of a large group of highly committed individuals and it’s testament to the quality of everyone in our team. We hope it will help us move the team forward and achieve our objectives. Our target hasn’t changed: we want to do a better job tomorrow than we did today. We are a growing team and still have to improve in every single area and every single department of the company. This is an open-ended project, there is no finish line – everyone has to be fully focused and dedicated. We are moving forward, we already did a huge step compared to where we were at the beginning of 2018 but we have to continue on this path.”
Jan Monchaux, Technical Director Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN:
“The C39 is a natural evolution of last year’s car, even though it doesn’t share a lot with its predecessor. We have been further improving our car but, apart maybe rims and tyres and some internal components, there is barely a single visible part that is the same. It’s the usual process of constant improvement, but it’s a brand new beast. We expect to improve on what we achieved last season, to make a step forward and hopefully be able to fight for the position at the top of the midfield.”
A terrific looking car and wonderful livery and I am excited to see how they do in 2020. Fred and his team have done a fabulous job of turning the former Sauber F1 team around and here’s hoping 2020 finds them moving forward.