The car features an eye-catching carbon red and black livery designed by Alfa Romeo’s main road car styling department, minus the white that has been part of the established look since the company first teamed up with Sauber in as a sponsor in 2018.
Alfa Romeo’s deal with the Swiss organization ends this year ahead of two transitional seasons with Ferrari power before the team becomes the Audi factory team in 2026.
The new livery marks both Alfa’s latest F1 venture and the change of title sponsor from Orlen to Stake.
The team unveiled a show car at a launch event in Switzerland on Tuesday morning, along with releasing CGI images. The real C43 will be seen for the first time during a filming day in Barcelona on Friday.
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Sauber’s new CEO, Andreas Seidl, has chosen to keep a low profile for now as he begins his primary task of building up the organization ahead of Audi’s arrival.
Alfa Romeo will thus be overseen on race weekends by managing director Alessandro Alunni Bravi, who has been appointed as the team’s representative.
“Bringing a car to life is a long process that affects all departments of a racing team, so it’s a very proud moment to see it unveiled today,” said the Italian.
“We chose to do this in front of our fans, close to home, because the launch of a new car is not just a time to state one’s goals for the upcoming season, it’s also a time to give back to people who have supported you, whether in the stands, in front of the TV or back at the factory, and we express our gratitude to you for their passion and their faith in our project.
Alfa Romeo C43
Photo by: Alfa Romeo
“Our new car is the result of months of work, but today is just the start of a journey. We must continue to work hard, with humility and dedication, to bring performance to the track.
“All members of the team are committed to achieving this goal and I am confident that we will reap the fruits of our labor.”
The team describes the C43 as an evolution of its predecessor. However, it features substantial changes at the rear, with a new gearbox, rear suspension and cooling layout, with all changes designed to address weaknesses that were apparent last year.
The other key focus was reliability after the team suffered a series of issues in 2022.
“I am very proud of what we have achieved over the past few months, as creating a new car is always a massive effort by the team,” said technical director Jan Monchaux.
“This car is an evolution of last year, reflecting the new regulations and introducing major changes in areas where we have found improvements are needed.
“Hopefully it will be faster than the performing car we had last year, that’s what matters most, and more reliable too – we’ve put a lot of effort into that.
“Now it’s time to hit the track and see how this car performs. I’m happy to be back racing and I’m confident there will be a lot more to come from us soon.”
In what the team says is a world first, the C43 will be released for the official EA Sports F1 2022 game before the real version even hits the track in Barcelona this week.