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Giulia GTA kicks off the F1 Championship by taking to the track with Alfa Romeo drivers

Giulia GTA kicks off the F1 Championship by taking to the track with Alfa Romeo drivers
  • On Sunday, March 28th, the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship begins on the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
  • The Alfa Romeo drivers’ suits feature the car names, GTA for Kimi Räikkönen and GTAm for Antonio Giovinazzi, as a tribute to the best-performing road car ever produced by the Italian brand.
  • GTA – a historic acronym that embodies the performance so fundamental to Alfa Romeo – is a project that benefits from the technical partnership with Sauber Engineering.

Alfa Romeo has sportsmanship and racing in its DNA: the Biscione brand – as Alfa Romeo is known in Italy – won the first Formula 1 Grand Prix in history, in 1950 at Silverstone, where Nino Farina triumphed aboard an Alfa Romeo Gran Premio Tipo 158 “Alfetta”.

The 2021 F1 World Championship kicks off on Sunday, March 28th, at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Behind the wheel of the C41, unveiled in Warsaw in February, will be the proven Italian-Finnish pairing of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen, whose racing suits feature the acronyms GTA and GTAm, to represent a project that draws all its inspiration from the 1965 Giulia Gran Turismo Alleggerita, a car that racked up so many successes on circuits all over the world.

The Giulia GTA project has benefited greatly from the partnership with the Swiss team, using Sauber Engineering’s know-how in the prototyping and development of carbon fiber components with a bold aerodynamic impact: the new front bumper, side skirts, extractor, the GTA spoiler and the GTAm aerowing.

The two drivers have also actively contributed to the project development, having completed a testing session at the Balocco Proving Ground. Kimi and Antonio focused on the specific solutions taken up in terms of aerodynamics and handling, analyzing in depth all the changes made to the car and giving an account of their feeling on the track to the engineering team, resulting in a joint assessment of the effects on vehicle dynamics to complete its fine-tuning. A video of the two drivers’ exploits during the testing session can be viewed here: link.