Alfa Romeo have unveiled a special livery to be used at the Italian Grand Prix in tribute to their roots in the country.
For what will be their final race as title sponsor of the Sauber team, Alfa have designed a dramatically different livery to their usual runner.
The Italian flag features across the engine cover with the rest of the car in black and Alfa say it is a tribute to not only Italy but also their fuoriserie (custom-built) car, the 33 Stradale.
Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu will line up in the livery this weekend in Monza, making it back-to-back unique designs for the team after their Boogie-design Dutch Grand Prix car.
Team representative Alessandro Alunni Bravi said: “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.”
Alfa Romeo CEO Jean Philippe Imparato said: “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.”
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