The bulk of the F1 field launched their cars last week. But one team decided that it would wait until the morning of the first test session of the year to unveil its car: introducing the Alfa Romeo C38.
Formula One has living timing and commentary from the first day of 2019 testing at Barcelona at this link.
Two new drivers in Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi, will pilot the number 7 and number 99 cars, respectively. The cars are called Stelvio (for Kimi) and Giulia for Antonio. They feature a colour scheme that combines the classic colours of the traditional Sauber team – white and blue – with the iconic red of Alfa Romeo.
Frédéric Vasseur, team principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “We are proud to present the Alfa Romeo Racing C38 – a car which is the result of the important work of each of member of our team, at our factory in Switzerland as well as at the track. The livery brings out last year’s features in a stronger and more edgy way. We are proud to display the logos of our partners, who have joined us in the scope of the expansion of our commercial activities, on these cars. I would like to thank everyone who has worked towards creating this car for their relentless enthusiasm for our team’s mission and our sport, and we look forward to continuing to make progress and fight for strong results in the upcoming championship.”
Simone Resta, technical director Alfa Romeo Racing: “Since joining the team last year, I have seen progressive growth on all fronts and am very pleased to see the result of the hard work completed over the course of this winter, our 2019 Formula One contender, the new Alfa Romeo Racing C38. All departments have been collaborating well and the whole team has been pushing in the same direction. We have set ambitious targets for this season which brings along a significant change in regulations – mainly from an aerodynamic point of view. We have a great driver line-up and look forward to hearing their feedback in the next two weeks of testing ahead of the first Grand Prix in Melbourne.”
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7): “The car looks great. The livery design is nice. A lot of partners have joined to support this team which is a positive, and we thank them for believing in us. I look forward to getting on track now and learning more about the C38 during the next two weeks of testing.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99): “I think it is a beautiful car – the design of the livery is great, very clean, and I like the colours a lot. It is my first own car in Formula One and it is something very special to me. We have many great sponsors who support us and we are very thankful for their confidence in our team. I really look forward to jumping into the C38 for the first time this week.”