Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN are now one of the only teams to have not officially launched their 2022 challenger, they have however completed a successful shakedown ahead of pre-season testing.
The shakedown of the C42 took place last Tuesday at the Fiorano Circuit, with the recently signed Valtteri Bottas first to go behind the wheel, before 2022 rookie Guanyu Zhou. Team Principal, Frédéric Vasseur and Technical Director, Jan Monchaux, were both in attendance.
The test took place in pouring rain but this wasn’t going to stop Alfa Romeo from completing their preliminary tests. The team also ran a beautiful camouflage livery, to not give too much away to their opponents ahead of the new season. The team’s official launch takes place on the 27th February at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
2022 is a big year for Alfa Romeo after a shocking 2021, a new car and a new driver line-up though gives the Swiss team plenty of reasons to feel optimistic ahead of the new era of Formula 1.