Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN C42 is born

The latest Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN contender was finally unveiled, in an eye-catching livery of red and white, completing the grid for what promises to be an incredible season of Formula One racing.

After a week of testing in Barcelona, the C42 was unveiled via images and videos released simultaneously to media and fans all over the world.

The Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN C42 is the first car produced in Hinwil under the budget cap regulations and for the new era of Formula One starting in 2022. Designed by a team led by Technical Director, Jan Monchaux, this car is a radical departure from the past as it embraces the possibilities dictated by the new ground-effect floor, updated aerodynamic package and 18-inch, low profile tyres. The C42, powered by a new and improved Ferrari engine, is a racing machine designed to battle, as the new regulations will allow closer racing and competitive fighting from the front to the rear of the grid.

The livery is a stunning yet subtle nod to the past, recalling historical designs of years past and the heritage of Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport, in the Hinwil team’s 30th year in Formula One.

Created by the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, the new livery gives the car a powerful, recognisable identity. The paintwork is a perfect blend of the two dominant colours, red and white. The engine area is painted red, with a diagonal cross-section that conveys the dynamism of the car’s body. The historic Alfa Romeo lettering fits into the diagonal as a reference to the early 20th century, having made its debut on the brand’s racing cars in the 1920s. ‘Tonale’ can be seen below, the name of the first CSUV that has recently been unveiled. The Quadrifoglio symbol of sportiness can be found in the upper section, alongside the diagonal dividing line between red and white. The Italian flag is included on the back of the spoiler, proudly featuring the wording ‘Alfa Romeo’.

In the hands of 10-times race winner, Valtteri Bottas, and Zhou Guanyu, the first F1 driver from China and the only rookie on the grid in 2022, the C42 is ready to impress.

Jean Philippe Imparato, Alfa Romeo CEO: “The 2022 championship promises to be the most compelling one in recent years. The new regulations, the new driver line-up and a brand-new car represent a veritable revolution for F1 and especially for the team. At Alfa Romeo, we are intent on grasping all the opportunities that will arise. Also for Alfa Romeo 2022 represents a year of “metamorfosi”. With Tonale, the brand looks ahead into the era of electrification and connectivity, remaining true to its DNA of noble Italian sportsmanship dating back to 1910. That’s why we were clear about putting the ‘Tonale’ name on the single-seater. We can’t wait to see the red light go out to kick off an exciting F1 championship.”

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN: “The start of the season is always an exciting time, one in which we see the fruit of the work of hundreds of people over a long period of time. The C42 is a car we look forward to seeing racing, not just because it is the first we built in this new regulations cycle, one in which racing should be closer and more thrilling, but because we have the utmost confidence in this car helping the team make a big step forward towards the front of the grid.”

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