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

Alfa Romeo launched its C41 with a revised front nose, but there's little to suggest it will surge up the leaderboard in 2021. As the team frankly admits, it's putting its eggs in the basket labelled 2022 and hoping to hold the eighth place it earned last year

Wherefore art thou, Alfa Romeo? Given the extended partnership with Polish petrochemicals company PKN Orlen, the team has launched its C41 (more on its nomenclature in a bit) in Warsaw's National Theatre with a livery that somewhat resembles the nation's flag following the partial reversal of the white and red on its colour scheme.

In the days leading up to the launch, a few leaked images emerged detailing that switch, perhaps undermining the Alfa Romeo team's trek to Poland amid global travel restrictions. But sometimes, commercial interests transcend a team's wishes...

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