Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake has unveiled its new Formula 1 car ahead of testing in Barcelona this week. The C43 is an evolution of the previous generation C42 more than it is a full redesign, however, the results speak for themselves with a car that’s just as good-looking, albeit with a tougher application of black and carbon shades.
“Creating a new car is always a massive effort from the team. This car is an evolution of last year, reflecting the new regulations and introducing major changes in the areas where we found improvements to be needed,” said Jan Monchaux, Technical Director of Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake.
“I hope it’s going to be quicker than the successful car we had last year, that’s what matters most, and more reliable as well: we have put a lot of effort in this direction. Now, it’s time to get to the track and see how this car performs. I’m happy to get back to racing and I’m confident there will be much more to come from us soon.”
You’ll see from the slider image above that the car is visually similar to the previous generation, albeit with a few notable changes across the lower side apron, engine cooling ducts, and spine across the rear duct. Most notably, regulations mean the ground-effect floors will be raised by 15mm next season, and it seems Alfa Romeo has been early to revise this with visual changes along the lower sides of the car that are sure to aid the ground-effect.
The livery has been designed by Alfa Romeo’s Centro Stile, and we think it does a great job of showcasing the gorgeous logo of the Italian brand. Fans have been quick to point out that the car looks a little Ferrari-like in its approach, with the front wing, rear wing, and side skirts all appearing in black. However, the upper half of the livery blends red and black perfectly, intertwining the Quadrifoglio, or “Four Leaf Clover” to the upper duct.
What do the drivers think? Valtteri Bottas is excited, saying “The C43 is finally here, and I cannot wait to bring it on track. I really like our new livery, I think it’s stunning, and a fine evolution from last year’s one.” Meanwhile, Zhou Guanyu echoed the same sentiment, “I think we are sporting a beautiful new design for 2023, and I’m looking forward to driving the car in Barcelona in the next days, before properly getting the season started with winter testing in Bahrain.”
The first race of the 2023 F1 season will start in Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit on Monday the 6th of March at 2 am AEST before it moves to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia on Monday the 20th of March at 4 am AEST.
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