Alfa Romeo will only formally launch its 2022 Formula 1 car after the first pre-season test in Barcelona, where it will run in an interim livery.
The new C42 will be unveiled in its full livery on February 27.
The date you’ve been waiting for 📅 pic.twitter.com/PIjqLMUXhL
— Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN (@alfaromeoorlen) February 2, 2022
That is the Sunday after F1’s first pre-season test, which will run across February 23-25 and is being billed as a three-day shakedown for all teams rather than an official session.
Alfa Romeo – which has a recent history of running special shakedown liveries, such as its Valentine’s Day-themed 2019 colour scheme (pictured below) and the 2020 camo livery (pictured above) – is currently the team with the latest car launch although some have yet to confirm their plans publicly.
Aston Martin, McLaren, AlphaTauri, Ferrari, Mercedes and Apine have all announced launch dates prior to the first test.
Alfa Romeo has made a subtle revision to its official 2022 entry, which will come under the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN name.
It has an all-new driver line-up in ex-Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Formula 2 graduate Guanyu Zhou.
The C42 continues the Sauber-run team’s naming lineage. The project for the new technical rules was initially known as the C40 before the regulations were postponed. The C40 moniker was lost entirely, the carried-over 2020 car was christened the C41 for 2021, and now the 2022 car will be known as the C42.