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Alfa Romeo become first team to launch real 2023 F1 car

Alfa Romeo have taken the covers off their 2023 challenger - the C43.

Alfa Romeo have become the first Formula 1 team to launch their actual 2023 car at an event in Zurich, Switzerland. The team are the fourth to hold a 'launch event' ahead of the new season, but unlike Haas, Red Bull and Williams presented their actual car as opposed to livery launches on old machines from the other three. Drivers Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu took the covers off the Ferrari-powered machine, with renders of the 2023 also being released. The team have a new management structure in place for 2023 following the departure of previous boss Frederic Vasseur to Ferrari. In comes former McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl as Sauber Motorsport CEO, with Alessandro Alunni Bravi coming in as managing director and team representative. Alfa do not have a Team Principal in the familiar mould for 2023. You can check out all the images of the Alfa Romeo C43 in our gallery here.

Holding years for Sauber

As since 2019, the Alfa Romeo name on the car is something of a misnomer as it is simply a branding exercise with Sauber continuing to build the cars. That deal is expected to end at the conclusion of the 2023 season, with Sauber returning for the '24 and '25 campaigns. Come 2026, Audi are set to take over the team, having recently brought into the Sauber company in preparation, when the new power unit regulations arrive. It is why Seidl jumped ship from McLaren to Sauber, as he previously ran the Porsche LMP1 concern in the World Endurance Championship with Porsche and Audi both being sister brands under the Volkswagen umbrella.

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