Just a day before action gets underway at the Italian Grand Prix, the Sauber-run Alfa Romeo team has unveiled a special, tweaked one-off livery for the Monza F1 race to celebrate the Alfa 33 Stradale.
The Hinwil-based outfit will run a striking livery at Monza, paying tribute to the launch of Alfa Romeo’s latest fuoriserie car, the new 33 Stradale. Featuring the gold accents of the new 33 Stradale – themselves a nod to its illustrious namesake, an icon of the 1960s and one of the most legendary cars of Alfa Romeo’s history – and the Italian flag’s tricolore on a field of black, the livery to be used in Monza will be one that will set fans’ hearts racing.
The livery was unveiled by Alfa Romeo drivers Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, during a special event at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, near Milan, to mark the launch of the new 33 Stradale.
The 33 Stradale will be the centre of attention in Monza as well, with the team's two drivers unveiling the car in the team’s garage at the Italian Grand Prix on Thursday, 56 years to the day since the unveiling of the original 33 Stradale in the same location.
Team Representative Alessandro Alunni Bravi commented : “As we approach our home race in Monza, it’s a pleasure to unveil this incredible livery, a true tribute not only to the 33 Stradale, but to Alfa Romeo as a whole and to the country it hails from, Italy. This livery is probably one of the most beautiful we’ve ever had on a car, and to be able to showcase it in front of our home crowd – including hundreds of our team members from Hinwil on the grandstands – is an honour for all of us.
"Personally, I am excited by the references to the 33 Stradale: the original model from 1967 was an iconic car that influenced style and design for a generation and beyond, and its latest incarnation embodies all this heritage while also setting the path to the future of Alfa Romeo.”
Commenting on the new livery, Alfa Romeo CEO Jean Philippe Imparato added : “With the new 33 Stradale, we wanted to create something that lived up to our past, to serve the Alfa Romeo brand and to make the Alfisti fandom proud. Such a result could only have been achieved thanks to the expertise, hard work and passion of our team, with the support of management who have the clear ambition to contribute to writing chapters in the brand’s future, in full respect of its unique history.
"This is the brand’s first fuoriserie (custom-built) car since 1969, and I promise it won’t be the last. Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake’s tribute livery embodies the spirit, the passion and the vision we have put in the 33 Stradale: it is pure, classic sportiness, and it combines looks with performance. I cannot wait to see it on track this weekend.”