The 2020 Alfa Romeo C39 is a race car built by Alfa Romeo for Formula One. It is the first car to be built by the Italian manufacturer since their return to the sport in 2018. The C39 is powered by a Ferrari-supplied 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox from the same manufacturer. The car also features a new aerodynamic package, designed to increase downforce and reduce drag.
The C39 made its debut at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix, with Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheel. The car was immediately on the pace, with Giovinazzi qualifying in the top 10 and Raikkonen in the top 15. However, the race was hampered by a variety of technical issues, with both cars retiring early on.
Since then, the team has worked hard to improve the performance of the car, and have made some notable improvements. The C39 was in the points at the Austrian and Styrian Grand Prix, with Raikkonen finishing in the top 10 in the latter. However, the car has struggled to challenge the front runners, and remain firmly in the midfield.
The C39 has been praised for its handling and aerodynamic performance, but it has been criticised for its lack of power and reliability. The team has been working hard to address these issues, and it is hoped that the car will be able to challenge for points more consistently in the future.
The C39 has also been praised for its striking design, which is a departure from the traditional Alfa Romeo styling. The car features a red livery, with a black nose and a distinctive ‘shark fin’ on the engine cover. It is also the first Alfa Romeo to feature the iconic Alfa Romeo shield on the sidepods.
Overall, the 2020 Alfa Romeo C39 has been a mixed bag for the Italian team. It has been quick in the hands of both drivers, and the car has looked good on track. However, the team has struggled to get the most out of the car, and it still has some way to go before it can challenge the front runners.
The team will be hoping that the C39 can continue its development in the second half of the season, and that it can move up the order and challenge for points on a more regular basis. It is clear that the car has potential, and if the team can address its reliability issues, then it could be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
The 2020 Alfa Romeo C39 is a promising race car, and it is clear that the team has the potential to improve and challenge for points in the future. Its striking design and aerodynamic performance has been praised, and it is hoped that the team can continue to develop the car and make it a regular points scorer in the future.