Alfa Romeo made a not-so-dramatic return to Formulation 1 in 2018 along with Sauber, with the workforce ending a lowly eighth within the Constructors’ Championship.
There’s renewed hope going into 2019, nonetheless, with world champion Kimi Räikkönen having joined the squad, which for the brand new season will race as Alfa Romeo Racing. There’s additionally new driver Antonio Giovinazzi, who’s about to get pleasure from his first full season in F1.
The 2 will probably be driving Alfa Romeo’s new C38, which was unveiled on Monday in a livery combining white and blue, the normal colours of companion Sauber, with the crimson of Alfa Romeo. The reveal befell on the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, the place pre-season testing is at the moment underway.
Räikkönen was the primary to pattern the brand new automobile, although his testing of the C38 did not get off to the perfect begin. Throughout the first lap he ended up caught within the gravel at Flip 5.
The automobiles have not modified a lot from the earlier season, though aerodynamic parts have been made easier to permit for extra aggressive racing. Organizers are promising far more overtaking.
In step with the brand new guidelines, the C38’s entrance wing is greater and extends additional ahead than on the earlier automobile, nevertheless it’s additionally misplaced a few of the extra advanced aero, with the top plates made flat and the underwing strake rely lowered from 5 to 2. You may additionally discover the rear wing is taller, wider and easier, which implies elevated drag and thus elevated power of the DRS.
Energy items are much like final yr, that means a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 working with two motor-generators—one mounted on the driveline and the opposite built-in with the turbocharger. Alfa Romeo continues to supply its energy unit from Ferrari, identical to it does for a few of its street automobiles.
Groups will now put together for the primary race on the 2019 F1 calendar, the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17.