Alfa Romeo planning early-season updates for 2021 F1 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 F1 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 1 January.

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 windtunnel on this car."

PLUS: Why Alfa's 2021 launch says more about its 2022 plans

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
Red Bull reveals RB16B Formula 1 car ahead of 2021 season
Previous article

Red Bull reveals RB16B Formula 1 car ahead of 2021 season

Next article

Horner: Red Bull ignoring Verstappen/Mercedes 2022 speculation

Horner: Red Bull ignoring Verstappen/Mercedes 2022 speculation
The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost Plus

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost

Formula 1 has a newest race winner, in a grand prix the victor appeared to have lost twice, only to charge back to headline a sensational and dramatic British Grand Prix. From a massive start crash to a late sprint finish, here’s how five factors saw Carlos Sainz take his maiden grand prix win

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Formula 1
Jul 3, 2022
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone Plus

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone

OPINION: The British Grand Prix is a home event for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with their Mercedes team based just a few miles away too. But there’s another reason why the Silver Arrows squad is eager to arrive at Silverstone this weekend, which may help it fix its remaining problems with its 2022 Formula 1 challenger

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022