The re wasn’t much to celebrate for Alfa Romeo last season. Eight World Cup points were only enough for third from last place in the team classification.
The gap to the front midfield was regularly several tenths. Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi only made it into the top ten when the competition showed weaknesses.
The name alone indicates a big step forward, after all, a number was simply skipped in the traditional Sauber nomenclature. Allegedly one wants to lean the type designation closer to the year. So after the C39, the C41 will come in 2021.
The previous year’s model wasn’t such a bad racing car. But unfortunately the Swiss engineers did not succeed in compensating for the two-digit horsepower deficit of the Ferrari engine. It is only with the winter break that there is now the first opportunity to undertake development steps on the drive train and to reduce the power gap. Ferrari promises that the new V6 will finally be competitive again.
Alfa Romeo C41 with a new front section
The C41, which was presented on Monday (February 22nd) in Warsaw, the home of main sponsor Orlen, is based on the same monocoque as its predecessor. As with the competition, the engineers only had two tokens for the further development of important elements.
The top of the front section is a little more rounded and is no longer as flat in the wind. A significantly more strongly contoured main leaf can be seen on the front wing.
The rear brake scoops and the diffuser fins have been cut. This should artificially lower downforce and reduce the stress on the tires.
The regulations meant that a lot of performance was lost, which we had to try to regain. In addition, further development was restricted. We first had to decide in which areas we would get the most performance with the available tokens”, explained chief technology officer Jan Monchaux.
“Three test days before the season in Bahrain are of course very little. It will be very hectic on the track. We have to work through our list quickly. After all, we like the fact that the weather should be dry, which was not always the case in Barcelona.
The load on the tires should also be more representative. We can hardly wait to start the program. “
Red and white are flipped
The small fin on the crest of the hood is now black.
The re is now more white at the back and more red at the front.
The anticipation is of course great. But we also know that it will take a little longer until we’re coming back to the top of midfield. We have to take one step at a time. “
In the gallery we show you the first photos of the new Alfa Romeo C41.