Alfa Romeo unveils its 2021 challenger, the C41

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The Hinwil-based Alfa Romeo Racing took the cover off its 2021 F1 car, the C41 with the Swiss-Italian team launching the car at a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland.

Alfa Romeo Racing has become the third team to launch its new car with which it intends to enter the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship. The Hinwil-based squad chose Warsaw, Poland as the location of ist presentation because of its title sponsor Orlen.

The team will field an unchanged drive line-up with both Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi staying on board. The forthcoming season will be the third year for the Italian and the Finn driver with the team. Robert Kubica has also been retained by Alfa Romeo as test and reserve driver.

Commenting on the car launch, Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG said: “The launch of a new car is always an emotional moment, the culmination of months of effort from everyone back at the factory and the start of a new adventure. I think the philosophy upon which the team is based remains the same - we have to do a better job tomorrow than we are doing today. We finished last season in P8, so we have to target a better result in 2021.

"To do so, we have to keep improving in each department, trackside and back at HQ. Every team on the grid has very high expectations right now: all the teams expect to do a good job in the winter and to be in a good position for the first race, but soon it will be the time for everyone to show their cards," Vasseur concluded.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the regulations, the car carries over many of the components of its predecessor, while still striking with its renewed appearance, in particular in regard to the nosecone, an area on which the team chose to focus its development tokens.

Jan Monchaux, Technical Director Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN said: “The C41 is the result of a very unusual situation in Formula One, in which the regulations have made us unable to develop an entire new car for this year. For this reason, our 2021 car shares a lot of common parts with the C39, with the exception of those which the regulations forced us to change – such as the floor – and the nosecone, in which we invested our two development tokens.

"This means we will know the car much better than usual when we get to testing, but it’s still going to be crucial to make the most of those three days to verify that reality matches our expectations and to get to know the new tyres. We are ready for the new season and we can’t wait to see our new car on track.”