In the recent 2019 F1 demonstration, Alfa Romeo teased its challengers with a gimps of the car wrapped in one-off special camouflage ‘love’ livery in last week’s shakedown. It was during yesterday’s official testing in Barcelona that we were able to see the C38 with definitive livery being unveiled by drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi.
While it might take some time to get used to calling the team Alfa Romeo instead of Sauber with the recent name change, the race car itself has taken a natural migration and evolution. For a start, Sauber’s ‘C’ prefix naming system follows through and the codename of the car just progresses from last year’s C37 to this year’s C38. The livery shares the same colour palette of white and red, with the latter getting more prominent in the 2019 version and covering the halo and sides of the rear wing as well. More importantly, The Alfa Romeo logo also appears on the engine cover.
The new car features a unique front end designed by Technical Director Simone Resta, spotting highly sculptured front wing design and aggressive front nose that are clearly different from the other teams. “Since joining the team last year, I have seen progressive growth on all fronts and am very pleased to see the result of the hard work completed over the course of this winter,” Resta said.
The C38 is once again powered by Ferrari power unit. Last season the team was at the eighth in the constructors’ standings and with the rebranding a closer relationship between the two teams can be expected.