Alfa Romeo announce early February date for 2023 car launch

Sam Cooper
The Alfa Romeo logo. Singapore, September 2022

The Alfa Romeo logo.

Alfa Romeo have become the latest team to reveal their car launch date with the C43 set to be shown to the world on February 7.

The 2023 challenger will be seen publicly for the first time at the team’s Zurich base as they become the penultimate constructor to get a date in the books with just Haas left to announce.

The C43 will be the last of the Alfa Romeo reign with the Italian car manufacturer set to end its sponsorship of Sauber following the 2023 season as Audi prepare to takeover in 2026.

When the engineers and designers set about creating the successor to the 2022 car, reliability will no doubt have been at the forefront of their mind with the team suffering 12 retirements in 2022 including a double DNF at Silverstone.

It will also be the first car produced under Andreas Seidl’s leadership after the McLaren man moved to replace the Ferrari-bound Fred Vasseur late last year. The team is still on the lookout for a team principal with Seidl set to serve as a CEO.

It is not totally new surroundings for Seidl though with the German 47-year-old having previously lived in Hinwil, where Sauber are based, for four years during his days at BMW-Sauber.

Speaking following his move, Seidl said he cannot wait to start work on the “ambitious goals” they have set themselves.

“It is great to join the Sauber Group from January,” he said. “This is a team with a rich history in Formula One and an organisation I know really well from my time working and living in Hinwil for four years.

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“I can’t wait to join the team and work with all the colleagues at the Sauber Group on the ambitious goals we have set together. I want to thank Finn Rausing and everyone at the Sauber Group for their choice. I am looking forward to repaying their trust with my work.”

Alfa Romeo started strongly in 2022 including a P6 for Valtteri Bottas in his first race with the team but their form dramatically faded as the season went on with reliability issues hindering them.

From the British Grand Prix onwards, they went on a run of six races without a point which was finally broken by Zhou Guanyu in Monza.

As a result, they ended the season in P6, tied on points with Aston Martin.