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Alfa Romeo unveils 2019 F1 car in racing livery

FedericoBasile FedericoBasile
Cassandra Castillo | 18 February, 2019, 11:53

Sauber's Alfa Romeo-branded new auto for 2019 turned heads when it hit the Fiorano circuit for a shakedown on Thursday.

The auto, which has not yet been given a chassis name, will be launched in its season-long livery at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona ahead of the first week of testing. But the livery revealed today shows a closer resemblance to the one it ran a year ago, in the brands return to Formula 1.

The team's 2019 challenger completed a successful shakedown at Ferrari test track Fiorano last week, with Kimi Raikkonen doing the driving.

It was already shaken down by Raikkonen at Fiorano last Thursday, with the auto decked out in a special "love" livery to mark Valentine's Day.

Kimi Raikkonen also said that he only found out about Maurizio Arrivabene's departure through a friend.

Raikkonen joins the team from Ferrari, and in doing so returns to an outfit who handed him his F1 debut in 2001 while running under the Sauber name.

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We don't know if their choice for 2019 resembles last year's red and white livery, with a huge Alfa logo on the bodywork, that looked very nice indeed.

"He [Leclerc] knows the team, because he's been with Ferrari for quite a few years now, so it's not like he is going in a new place", explained Raikkonen.

Antonio Giovinazzi will be Raikkonen's team-mate ahead of his first full season in the sport, having competed in two races for Sauber in 2017.

The new Alfa Romeo has appeared on track for a shakedown in Italy, with the team opting for a radical approach to the new aerodynamic regulations.

"Our drivers and crew are motivated, and we look forward to heading into the championship and delivering a strong performance". We ran for a total of 33 laps and will use our data to establish how the new regulations will affect the behavior of our vehicle. "We started the auto for the first time a week ago and we are going step by step".

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