Only eighth in last year’s championship with the C38, Alfa Romeo head into the 2020 season with a “completely new” car for Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi.
Much was expected from the rebranded Sauber team in 2019, especially after the team signed former World Champion Raikkonen.
The campaign started well with the Finn scoring in the opening four grands prix.
However, as the season progressed Alfa Romeo went off the boil.
Raikkonen managed just three top-ten results following the summer break with Giovinazzi adding to the tally in Brazil, the team’s second double points-haul.
This year team boss Frederic Vasseur is expecting more.
“We have designed a completely new car,” he told Polish publication sport.pl.
“We want to gain even more.
“We’ll see what it looks like, but I think we have a good foundation for the upcoming season.”
Vasseur has urged Alfa Romeo to learn from last year’s hiccups.
While there were periods when the team looked a solid contender, at others they fell off the pace dramatically leaving Kimi Raikkonen to label the team’s run from Russia to the United States a “nightmare”.
Vassuer concluded: “We need to improve on the basis of experience gained last year and understand what exactly happened that we were behind at some stages.”