Alfa Romeo has unveiled its 2021 Formula 1 car at an event in Warsaw, Poland, ahead of the upcoming season.

The new Alfa Romeo, called the C41 - despite last year’s car being named the C39 - was presented to the world on Monday morning in the Polish capital, which is a key base for title sponsor Orlen.

Alfa Romeo was the first team out of the blocks to formally announce their launch plans last month and is the third team to have revealed their latest challenger for 2021, following McLaren and AlphaTauri’s respective reveals last week.

The C41, which is an evolution of last year’s car due to the carry-over of chassis between last season and this one, will be tasked with getting Alfa Romeo closer to the front of the grid, after a difficult 2020 campaign.

The Swiss squad could only muster a total of eight points across the 17-round season on its way to finishing a distant eighth place in the constructors’ championship for the third year running.

Alfa Romeo is set to receive a welcome boost in the form of an all-new power unit from Ferrari, which the team hopes will help overcome its straight-line speed deficiency last year. 

Drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will be aiming to compete with the midfield teams further ahead this year and be in the mix for more regular points, having been retained by Alfa Romeo for a third successive season.

They will once again be supported by test and reserve driver Robert Kubica, who continues in his role for the upcoming 2021 campaign, which begins on 28 March in Bahrain.

The C41 will get its first extensive on-track run during the shortened pre-season test at Bahrain between 12-14 March.

Red Bull will be the next team to launch its latest F1 car - the upgraded RB16B - tomorrow morning.

 

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