Alfa Romeo have become the latest team to confirm a launch date for their new-look 2022 F1 car, with the C42 set to be unveiled on 27 February – two days after the conclusion of the first pre-season test. The first three days of official track time in 2022 are being held behind closed doors at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and Alfa Romeo have confirmed that the C42 will run an interim testing livery for that session before an official launch. The full launch will showcase the 2022 livery and the design with which the team will tackle the new era of F1 regulations. It is a revolutionary year for Alfa Romeo alongside the new ruleset, having signed an all-new driver line-up. Valtteri Bottas has joined the Hinwil-based team from Mercedes, with the veteran Finn partnering rookie signing Guanyu Zhou. Alfa Romeo's launch date confirmation means just three teams are left to confirm theirs – Williams, Haas and Red Bull.
Clearing up confusion over the 2022 F1 chassis name
On Tuesday, Alfa Romeo confirmed to RacingNews365.com that the 2022 chassis will be called the C42 – clearing up confusion amid speculation that the team would break their usual nomenclature by moving from 2021's C41 to a C40 in 2022. The reason for the confusion was that the far-reaching F1 rules changes had been pushed out from 2021 to 2022, with Alfa Romeo supposedly set on running the car under the chassis number it had been allocated at the very beginning of its development cycle. This would have resulted in the unusual side effect of the lower-numbered chassis name – something Alfa Romeo have headed off by using the C42 name.