- Alfa Romeo unveiled its 2021 challenger C41 at a ceremony in Poland.
- The car is almost identical to last year’s C39 but the major changes are a new nose and a front crash structure.
- The team has retained 2020 drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for the upcoming season.
Alfa Romeo F1 team has revealed its 2021 challenger, the C41, for the upcoming Formula One season at a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland.
Hello, you beauty.????#C41 #AlfaRomeoRacing #ORLEN pic.twitter.com/4GuSUI9O0Z
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) February 22, 2021
The team retained its red-and-white scheme of previous years even though the color scheme has been inverted in the C41.
New livery, new nose, new frontwing – check out first pics of the Alfa Romeo C41 for the 2021 season.
AMuS story (in German) & gallery: https://t.co/scnS5qQN63 pic.twitter.com/zDw8SmcAy5
— Tobi Grüner ???? (@tgruener) February 22, 2021
Alfa Romeo had begun working on what it is calling the C40 based on the proposed rule changes for 2021 but after those were postponed to 2022, they decided to keep the C40 model attached to the project, thus naming their 2021 challenger the C41.
The team used its development tokens on two major changes from last year’s car: a new nose and a front crash structure. The car’s rear is just almost identical as last year’s, with the gearbox and rear suspension the same as that of the C39. However, the team revised the floor and diffuser to comply with new regulations aimed at reducing downforce.
The team will debut the C41 at a private event at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya this coming Friday before heading to the preseason testing at the Bahrain International Circuit from March 12-14, ahead of the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28th which is the opening round of the 2021 Formula One World Championship.
Move Closer to The Front of The Grid
Can Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi push @alfaromeoracing closer to the front of the grid in 2021?#AlfaRomeo #Formula1 #F1 pic.twitter.com/W1Qk9davB2
— Unbeaten (@unbeaten_sport) February 22, 2021
Alfa Romeo is one of three teams to retain their 2020 driver lineup with Kimi Raikkonen teaming up with Antonio Giovinazzi for the third straight year. Raikkonen is the oldest driver in the grid at the age of 41 and holds the F1 record for most starts with 329. The 2007 Formula One World Champion finished 16th last season and only managed 4 points, the fewest in his two-decade Formula One career.
Giovinazzi also finished with just four points last season and currently has the third lowest odds to win the 2021 Formula One world championship at +200000 at online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag. Raikkonen is also a longshot at +75000 at the same sportsbook while Alfa Romeo is tied with Haas and Williams for the longest betting odds to win the Constructors title at +100000.
Neither of the drivers nor the team is shooting for the stars in 2021. Team Principal Fred Vasseur’s goal is to climb to the middle of the table this season but that won’t be easy though. Still, Alfa Romeo hopes that the C41 marks an upturn in the team’s fortunes after a rough 2020 which saw them finish 8th in the Constructors Standings.