This is the Alfa Romeo’s new C41 Formula 1 racing car, which was unveiled in a launch event at Warsaw, Poland.
Featuring a revised livery that has inverted the colours from last season’s car, in particular the engine cover as this is in white with the logo in red. Title sponsor PKN Orlen makes an appearance on the red sidepods.
The C41 will make its on-track debut in a shakedown at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya before enjoying its first extended run-out in pre-season testing in Bahrain.
“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,” said team principal Frederic Vasseur.
“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. We finished last season in P8, 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.”
Alfa Romeo enters the 2021 season looking to bounce back from a disappointing campaign last year that mainly saw it fighting with Haas and Williams in the ‘Class C’ division.
Although the team was able to match its finish of eighth position in the constructors’ championship from 2019, its points tally was disappointing as Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi only collected eight points, recording a race finish of no higher than ninth.
Alfa Romeo was limited by the poor performance of Ferrari’s power units throughout last year, but the Italian marque hopes to have resolved the issues ahead of the 2021 season.
It is anticipated that Sauber Motorsport – which operates the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 squad out of Switzerland – is expected to extend its partnership with Ferrari until 2025. The current deal expires at the end of this season.
Alfa Romeo opted to retain both Raikkonen and Giovinazzi for 2021, marking their third year racing together.
The duo will be joined by reserve driver Robert Kubica once again as the team retains title sponsorship from Polish firm PKN Orlen, prompting this season’s unveiling to take place.