Alfa Romeo Launch the C39 On Opening Day of Pre-season Testing

by Ellie Jane

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN have launched their new car the C39 just ahead of first day of pre-season testing in Spain.

The team launched their car at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, as they prepared for the first day of testing, which will see, former ROKiT Williams Racing driver Robert Kubica drive in the morning session.

Antonio Giovinazzi will take up the C39 in the afternoon, at the track which will host the Spanish Grand Prix. Both, were there with driver Kimi Räikkönen and development driver Tatiana Calderon.

C39 a ‘Natural Evolution of Last Year’s Car’ – Jan Monchaux

The C39 was revealed in the pitlane. As Alfa Romeo, kept the livery a secret during the shakedown, which saw a shakedown livery, which was snakeskin to pay tribute to Alpha Romeo’s fiftieth year.

The new car, keeps tradition to the team as they stick with the scarlet red and white livery, which was designed and developed by Technical Director Jan Monchaux.

“The C39 is a natural evolution of last year’s car, even though it doesn’t share a lot with its predecessor,” said Monchaux. “We have been further improving our car but, apart maybe rims and tyres and some internal components, there is barely a single visible part that is the same.

“It’s the usual process of constant improvement, but it’s a brand new beast. We expect to improve on what we achieved last season, to make a step forward and hopefully be able to fight for the position at the top of the midfield.”

Vasseur Hoping C39 Helps Alfa Romeo Move Forward

With the new car came a new title sponsor, which was revealed at the shakedown. ORLEN, a Polish oil and petrol company, has taken its place on the car.

Team Principal, Frédéric Vasseur, says he hopes the C39 helps the team move forward after finishing only eighth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2019.

“The C39 is the product of the hard work and vision of a large group of highly committed individuals and it’s testament to the quality of everyone in our team,” said Vasseur. “We hope it will help us move the team forward and achieve our objectives.

Our target hasn’t changed: we want to do a better job tomorrow than we did today. We are a growing team and still have to improve in every single area and every single department of the company.

“This is an open-ended project, there is no finish line – everyone has to be fully focused and dedicated. We are moving forward, we already did a huge step compared to where we were at the beginning of 2018 but we have to continue on this path.”

Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen with the Alfa Romeo C39 – Credit: Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN

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