At 8.30 am, exactly 30 minutes before F1 cars took to the track for the first time in 2019, Alfa Romeo Racing presented the new Alfa Romeo Racing C38.
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New name: The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team became Alfa Romeo Racing. Structure, ownership and management stay the same, the name changes. Nice.
New drivers: Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi. Aka The Iceman and Giovi. Alfa Romeo is putting both men behind the wheel of an adrenaline pushing machine. Kimi has the honour to drive the Stelvio with the number 7 on it. Meanwhile, Antonio is going to push performance with the Giulia. As a homage to his earlier career, the Giulia will sport the number 99.
New livery: it already stunned crowds in 2018, but we've turned it up a notch. This livery is even cooler and sexier, combining the classic colours of the traditional Sauber team - white and blue - with the iconic red symbolising one of the most historical brands in racing, Alfa Romeo.
New sponsors: move aside, Zurich airport. New press releases about our new partners have been 'departing' our communications office on an hourly basis.
New technical features: team Principal Frederic Vasseur and Technical Director Simone Resta don't want us to go into too much detail, but let's just say we didn't spend our winter skiing in the Swiss alps.
That's enough exciting news for one day. Alfa Romeo Racing looks forward to proving themselves and scoring big in 2019.
Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
"We are proud to present the Alfa Romeo Racing C38 - a car which is the result of the important work of each member of our team, at our factory in Switzerland as well as at the track. The livery brings out last year's features in a stronger and more edgy way. We are proud to display the logos of our partners, who have joined us in the scope of the expansion of our commercial activities, on these cars. I would like to thank everyone who has worked towards creating this car for their relentless enthusiasm for our team's mission and our sport, and we look forward to continuing to make progress and fight for strong results in the upcoming championship."
Simone Resta, Technical Director Alfa Romeo Racing:
"Since joining the team last year, I have seen progressive growth on all fronts and am very pleased to see the result of the hard work completed over the course of this winter, our 2019 Formula One contender, the new Alfa Romeo Racing C38. All departments have been collaborating well and the whole team has been pushing in the same direction. We have set ambitious targets for this season which brings along a significant change in regulations - mainly from an aerodynamic point of view. We have a great driver line up and look forward to hearing their feedback in the next two weeks of testing ahead of the first Grand Prix in Melbourne."
Kimi Raikkonen (car number 7):
"The car looks great. This livery design is nice. A lot of partners have joined to support this team which is a positive, and we thank them for believing in us. I look forward to getting on track now and learning more about the C38 during the next two weeks of testing."
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
"I think it is a beautiful car - the design of the livery is great, very clean and I like the colours a lot. It is my first own car in Formula One and it is something very special to me. We have many great sponsors who support us and we are very thankful for their confidence in our team. I really look forward to jumping into the C38 for the first time this week."
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