Alfa Romeo Racing unveiled its 2019 this morning at Barcelona, heading towards winter testing. The Swiss-based team will field an all-new line-up featuring F1 veteran and former world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi, who is going to compete in his first full season in the sport.
The squad. underwent a rebranding process at the beginning of the season, as the Sauber name was absorbed by Alfa Romeo. However, the headquarters will remain in Hinwil, Switzerland and the team itself will be racing under the Swiss flag.
The C38 already had its shakedown last week at Fiorano on Feb. 14th, running a one-off livery for the occasion with Alfa’s traditional ‘quadrifoglio’ (quaterfoil) in red on a dark surface.
As we can see from today's unveiling, the livery is similar to last year's, although the bordeaux red appears slightly brighter, covering the Halo as well. The Alfa Romeo logo has been tweaked and look more dominant on the car, with a number of new sponsors making their first appearance on the 2019 challenger.
Raikkonen’s car will be called Stelvio, whereas Giovinazzi’s has been named Giulia, paying tribute to Alfa Romeo’s modern automotive heritage.
Winter testing kicks off at 9.00 AM CET, with 9 teams taking part in it. Williams delayed their first run to Tuesday morning.
Imagery of the new C38: