Launch season concludes with Alfa Romeo’s C42 reveal

Mark Scott

Last but by certainly no means least, Alfa Romeo have concluded F1 2022 launch season by revealing their new look for the campaign ahead.

While the other nine Formula 1 teams showed off their liveries prior to the first pre-season test taking place in Barcelona on February 23 – February 25, Alfa Romeo opted to do things slightly different by officially revealing their 2022 car after the event.

In the meantime, Alfa Romeo took to the track in a dazzling camo back-and-white livery, one that received plenty of love.

But it was back to the more traditional red-and-white colours for the 2022 season, a campaign that Alfa Romeo will be hoping to use to hoist themselves out of the lower echelons of the Constructors’ Championship.

Ever since the Alfa Romeo name returned to Formula 1 ahead of the 2019 season, the team have finished P8 twice in consecutive years and took a further step back in 2021 with a P9 finish as the new 2022 regulations became the sole focus early on in the season.

But, armed with a completely new driver line-up in ex-Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and rookie recruit Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur is optimistic that the dark and dreary days are over.

“The start of the season is always an exciting time, one in which we see the fruit of the work of hundreds of people over a long period of time,” Vasseur said.

“The C42 is a car we look forward to seeing racing, not just because it is the first we built in this new regulations cycle, one in which racing should be closer and more thrilling, but because we have the utmost confidence in this car helping the team make a big step forward towards the front of the grid.”

But that new season buzz may have already worn off a little bit at Alfa given their less-than-ideal start to testing. Only Haas (160) completed fewer laps of the Circuit de Catalunya than Alfa Romeo (175) and they clocked the slowest time of everyone with Guanyu Zhou’s best time of a 1:21.885 being three tenths off the next slowest team, also Haas.

It’s clear that Alfa Romeo do have some catching up in the final three days of testing in Bahrain before the season starts, but they will at least look good doing it. That is a beauty of a livery.

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