Alfa Romeo has become the first team to run its new car for the 2023 F1 season on track.
The team’s race drivers Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu took turns driving the C43 at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday.
Alfa Romeo, which is run by Sauber, launched its latest car at its base in Hinwil, Switzerland on Tuesday. However the machine presented by drivers Bottas and Zhou was a model of the design. The team also issued renderings of its 2023 car.
The real C43 has now appeared for the first time at the track which will host the Spanish Grand Prix in June. Alfa Romeo will continue running at the track tomorrow, with reserve driver Theo Pourchaire also getting a chance to drive.
Team representative Alessandro Alunni Bravi said the new car’s first run was “the final moment of a long process during which our car was thought, designed, created and assembled, and we take pride in the journey we have completed.
“It was made possible by the commitment, dedication and passion of everyone working in our HQ in Hinwil, and of our technical partners, first and foremost Ferrari. We know the challenges that lie ahead, but we are confident that, with this same attitude, this same hard work, we will be successful and make another step forward.”
The model of the C43 which was presented two days ago is being auctioned by the team. The current highest bid is £98,500.
— Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake (@alfaromeof1) February 10, 2023
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