Formula 1
Formula 1
28 Mar
Event finished
R
Portuguese GP
02 May
FP1 in
15 days
09 May
Next event in
20 days
23 May
Race in
38 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
52 days
13 Jun
Race in
59 days
27 Jun
Race in
73 days
04 Jul
Next event in
76 days
18 Jul
Race in
94 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
108 days
29 Aug
Race in
136 days
05 Sep
Race in
143 days
26 Sep
Race in
164 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
167 days
10 Oct
Race in
177 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
192 days
31 Oct
Race in
199 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
219 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
241 days

Alfa Romeo planning early-season updates for 2021 car

Alfa Romeo is planning to bring updates for its C41 Formula 1 car in the early races of the 2021 season before deciding when to shift focus to 2022.

Alfa Romeo planning early-season updates for 2021 car

Alfa Romeo unveiled the new C41 car in Poland on Monday, and will give the updated model its first on-track outing on Friday when it completes a shakedown in Barcelona.

With an overhaul of the technical regulations on the horizon for 2022, teams have been permitted to work on developing next year’s car since January 1.

Most have spent the winter trying to evaluate when to fully stop development of the 2021 car to shift focus to 2022, while teams such have Haas have hinted they will make the switch and cease development for 2021 as soon as possible.

Speaking at the unveiling of the C41 car, Alfa Romeo technical director Jan Monchaux said that despite the significance of 2022 in resetting the pecking order, the team was still planning some updates for the early part of the 2021 season.

“2022 is really going to be a new era for the technical [side] in Formula 1,” Monchaux said.

“It’s a great opportunity for us as a relatively small team to try and catch up with the rest of the field. So it’s going to be a crucial year for us.

“With this in mind, and the fact that in 2021, for the first time, we saw the introduction of the budget cap, which means you can only develop with a given amount of resources and they are limited, it’s a trade-off we have to do and every team will do between how much is spent on the actual car and how much we go to next year’s car.

“I think every team will eventually be stopping earlier, the development of the 2021 car, to have maximum resources on next year’s car.

“That doesn’t mean we are not going to develop the car. We do plan to have evolutions in the first races, and are still working a little bit in the wind tunnel on this car.”

Read Also:

Monchaux explained that Alfa Romeo would then assess its performance through the early part of the season before deciding how long it kept working on the 2021 car before shifting focus to next year.

“We will see how the season unfolds, if we are forced to do a bit more than we were hoping, or if we can start a touch earlier,” Monchaux said.

“But it’s certainly going to be a different season, in terms of the race of the technical, as most teams will have an eye on 2022.

“Because of the budget cap, you simply can’t afford to be developing two cars in parallel.”

Alfa Romeo opted to spend its development tokens for the 2021 car on designing a new nose for the C41, as well as focusing on the front suspension and brake drums.

All teams have faced restrictions on what they can significantly develop for this year following the agreement to freeze certain design aspects in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

shares
comments

Related video

What Red Bull is trying to hide with its RB16B launch

Previous article

What Red Bull is trying to hide with its RB16B launch

Next article

Perez: Red Bull F1 test debut a “dream come true” at Silverstone

Perez: Red Bull F1 test debut a “dream come true” at Silverstone
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Luke Smith
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Prime

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.

The themes to watch in F1's Imola return Prime

The themes to watch in F1's Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Prime

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. Ben Anderson looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Prime

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says Nigel Roebuck.

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Prime

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Is Formula 1 as good as it has ever been now? Prime

Is Formula 1 as good as it has ever been now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021
How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Prime

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Formula 1
Apr 6, 2021
When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m Prime

When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m

Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle.

Formula 1
Apr 4, 2021