As a Valentine's Day gift to its loyal fanbase - and, presumably, the Formula 1 media circus - Alfa Romeo capped an already launch-intensive day with a surprise reveal of the new C39 undergoing its shakedown at the Fiorano circuit.
Dressed in a snakeskin livery, the C39 also bore a number of key design changes over its predecessor. Although Alfa's subsequent press release waxed lyrical about the symbolism of a snake shedding its skin, thankfully it omitted any visual evidence of the car doing so at the end of its runs. This is F1, after all, not a David Attenborough documentary.
Perhaps Alfa loses brownie points for that, in a thinly veiled attempt to reap a bit more attention for the new Orlen stickers adorning the car, but gains them back immediately for shaping the front snorkel into the shape of the grille typically seen on Alfa Romeo's fleet of road-going vehicles.