Alfa Romeo has released a teaser photo of its 2022 C42 – a car that won’t have the Ferrari gearbox or rear suspension.
The start of the 2022 season is almost here, with February being launch month and the first this-is-a-shakedown-not-a-test pre-season outing to take place at the Circuit de Catalunya.
This is also the time when many teams announce new partnerships.
Sauber Motorsport, which operates the The Alfa Romeo teamannounced one with WildBrain CPLG, one of the world’s leading entertainment, sports and brand licensing agencies.
WildBrain CPLG will manage all brands owned by the Sauber Group – including F1, Esports and Sauber Technologies – and assemble a strategic range of cross-category merchandise.
But for Formula 1 fans, the best part of this ad was probably the accompanying image – a teaser of the rear of the 2022 Alfa Romeo C42.
This same cliche was then used when Alfa announced on Wednesday that it would officially unveil the new car on February 27.
The car won’t be officially launched until then, which is after the first pre-season outing, but it will race at the Barcelona non-test with a special test livery.
The date you’ve been waiting for 📅 pic.twitter.com/PIjqLMUXhL
— Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN (@alfaromeoorlen) February 2, 2022
The new car will again be powered by Ferrari, with Alfa Romeo continuing that relationship, but what it won’t have is Ferrari’s gearbox and rear suspension.
According to Italian edition of Motorsport.comthe Hinwil team “decided to build the gearbox and rear suspension themselves, aiming for a different construction philosophy to that followed at Maranello”.
The C42 will also have a “different wheelbase”, said to be shorter than Ferrari’s, while also using a different tie rod for the rear suspension.
The report adds that Alfa Romeo is seeking to “loosen ties” with Ferrari, wanting “greater design autonomy that brings it back to being a real manufacturer, given that it will no longer take the gearbox and rear suspension , only the powertrain of the ‘supermarket’ in Maranello”.
This year Formula 1 is showcasing all-new cars, with the sport shifting to ground-effect aerodynamics in the hope that this will lead to better and closer racing.
Alfa Romeo has an all-new lineup this season with former Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas teaming up with rookie racer Guanyu Zhou.
Bottas hopes Alfa Romeo can create a surprise and maybe even win a grand prize.
“I feel like that’s the beauty of these new regulations and the budget cap and everything, that I feel like anything is possible,” he said.
“I really think Alfa Romeo should be higher than it is now, at least from what I saw at the factory and the people, the motivation and everything.
“That’s the beauty of the new regulations – you just don’t know.”