Focus on the 2022 car early?
This is what Monchaux suggests. He makes it clear that the C41 will also get some updates over the course of the year. However, depending on how the season develops, it could be that you focus entirely on the new car early on. Because, among other things, the budget ceiling ensures that in 2021 you cannot afford to work on two cars at the same time.
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C41: Token invested in a new nose
Head of Technology Jan Monchaux recalls that it was not possible to “build a completely new car for this year. For this reason we have adopted many parts of the C39 for our 2021 car, with the exception of those that have to be new according to the regulations – for example the underbody and the nose in which we invested our two development tokens. ”
“That means that we already know the car a lot better than usual when we go testing it. But it is still crucial to verify in the three days of testing whether our expectations correspond to reality, and they are important for the new tires We are ready for the new season, “said Monchaux.
That’s it already!
About 20 minutes, then the number is through again, that’s it for the first part of the presentation. Here in the ticker it will of course continue in the coming hours with voices and initial analyzes of the C41. Among other things, the second part of the presentation with further interviews is now pending.
You can find our complete launch report here!
All photos of the new C41 …
… are available in our photo gallery!
Now the drivers are coming
In addition to the regular drivers, test driver Robert Kubica will of course also be there in his Polish homeland. All three drivers talk a bit about the new car, about the goals for this year and so on. In the meantime we have more photos of the C41.
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The re is the car!
Wrong guess, the drivers are not coming. Instead, the new car can already be seen!
Vasseur: No specific season goal
The y want to “improve” and come back to the top of the midfield in the long term. However, that could take time. And the partially frozen development means that big jumps should be almost impossible this year anyway. You know that at Alfa Romeo too, of course.
Appearance of the bosses
Even the dance performance is now going to be motorsport. Team boss Frederic Vasseur and technical boss Jan Monchaux come on stage. Among other things, the two talk about the challenges facing this year’s car. If I had to guess, I would say that next is the drivers’ turn!
The stream starts quite abruptly, we get into the middle of the moderation. In addition, a translator can be heard at the beginning, which certainly shouldn’t be the case. But now everything works. At the beginning of the show there is a small piano and dance performance.
The car cannot be seen yet.
Here we go!
The live stream “starts” on time, but nothing has happened yet. You can still only see the preview graphic with the announcement. We are waiting for live pictures from Poland.
The history of Sauber Motorsport …
The presentation in Warsaw will start in less than ten minutes!
All Sauber Formula 1 cars
The team may now be called Alfa Romeo, but the cars will continue to be used by the traditional Sauber squad. Before the new car is launched, we take a quick look at all of the previous Formula 1 models in this photo series.
Photo gallery: Photo gallery: All Sauber Formula 1 cars since 1993
Alfa Romeo: unchanged driver pairing
The team will also drive with Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi in 2021. This makes you one of only three teams, along with Mercedes and Williams, to start the new season with the same driver pairing as in 2020. It remains to be seen whether things will go better than last year, when they only scored eight points and finished eighth in the World Cup.
The last time they were worse was 2017 with only five points and as the last in the World Cup.
Grosjean: No Formula 1 comeback
Let’s stay with the French for a moment before we focus on the Alfa launch. “I finished with Formula 1,” he reveals in an interview with ‘SRF’ and explains: “I was there for ten years and had a lot of fun. I wouldn’t want to change anything. To return to Formula 1 just to be there to be without a chance of victories because you’re not in the best car – I don’t see that. ”
The Le Mans 24 Hours, for example. I competed in this race once before in 2010, but I want to go back again. 2022 is a big year for long-distance sports: many manufacturers are getting involved. Porsche, Peugeot, Audi, Acura. Big challenges await. ”
“And I want to win races again. I don’t just want to ride. I’m not interested,” he clarifies. On the other hand, one last test in a Formula 1 car to bring his time in the premier class to a worthy end is not off the table.