Today, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN came to the test track in Fiorano to see the 2020 car in action for the first time.
The new C39 completed its first successful outing during today’s shakedown at Fiorano. The team’s 2020 contender, driven by Kimi Räikkönen, began its competitive life as it left the garage at 9.37am with an exotic “snakeskin livery” in tones of black and dark grey.
The C39 snaked around the Fiorano Circuit for 33 laps, Kimi displaying increasing confidence with every lap completed. The car curled around the track’s tight corners, writhed past the fast bends as Kimi explored its capabilities, before coiling back in the garage at the end of the day – a positive first session of on-track work ahead of the 2020 season.
In designing this livery, the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo took its inspiration from one of the Brand’s dominant icons, the heraldic ‘Biscione’, and developed a car model with paintwork that echoes its shape. The snakeskin pattern not only endows the car with an exotic look, it also camouflages its normal appearance and disguises its secrets until the official launch.
In addition to this special skin, the public also admired a novel, exclusive interpretation of the Alfa Romeo logo in the shape of a heart: a homage to Saint Valentine and the day all lovers celebrate.
The top of the monocoque also displayed a tribute to the work of all Sauber Group employees, an acknowledgement of their contribution to the creation of the team’s 2020 car.
On February 19, the new, official 2020 livery will be unveiled in Barcelona.
About the Alfa Romeo brand:
Since its founding in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and exclusive cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today, as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles.
In every Alfa Romeo, technology and passion converge to produce a true work of art – every detail essential, every design the perfect harmony between beauty and purpose, engineering and emotion. To fully revive Alfa Romeo’s spirit and maximise its global appeal has been one of FCA’s priorities. Following a clear, well-defined strategy, Alfa Romeo is writing a new chapter in its over a century-long history that represents an extraordinary opportunity to achieve the brand’s full potential. Today, Alfa Romeo is a true showcase of the Group’s best resources, talent and technological know-how. First with the Giulia, and more recently with the Stelvio, Alfa Romeo has created two models that capture the brand’s original, pure spirit – that instantly recognizable character of a true thoroughbred. These models are testament to Alfa Romeo’s spirit of La meccanica delle emozioni and quintessential examples of what people have come to expect from this prestigious brand. Alfa Romeo is winning the hearts of a new generation and reclaiming its rightful position as one of the world’s most desired, premium brands. It is, once again, one of the leading symbols of Italian engineering and style, an icon of Italy’s technological excellence and creative spirit. After over 30 years of absence from Formula One, the brand announced its return to the sport in 2018 as Title Sponsor of the Sauber F1 Team.
About the Sauber Group of Companies:
The Sauber Group of Companies consists of three divisions – Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates the Formula One team – Sauber Engineering AG, which focuses on prototype development and additive manufacturing – and Sauber Aerodynamik AG, which conducts full- and model-scale testing in the factory’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel and creates ground-breaking innovations in the field of aerodynamics. The companies collaborate closely to apply the expertise of over 450 dedicated individuals at the headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland, to all internal and external projects.
Since its founding in 1970, a passion for racing has been at the heart of Sauber. For over 45 years, the innovative Swiss company has been setting standards in the design, development and construction of racing cars for various championship series, such as Formula One, DTM, and WEC. Following its own Formula One debut in 1993, Sauber Motorsport AG has established one of the few traditional, privately owned teams in the sport. After 25 years of competition in Formula One, the company launched a long-term partnership with Title Sponsor Alfa Romeo in 2018 and entered the 2019 championship under the Team name Alfa Romeo Racing.