Alfa Romeo have confirmed two tokens to upgrade the front of their new car the C41. A new nose and changes to the front and rear of the car have been made by Alfa Romeo in the hope of moving up the pecking order.
Teams are allowed to spend up to two tokens to upgrade certain parts of their cars for 2021 after agreeing to enforce a majority freeze on development to save costs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"We decided to invest our two tokens on a new nose, so the nose box and the crash box obviously is brand new, which was mainly driven for aero reasons," said Alfa Romeo technical director Jan Monchaux. "We then obviously worked massively [on] the front suspension, the front wing and the front [brake] drums, where the guys invested a lot of effort, as well as the barge boards, and also the deflector in front of the car.
"The last of the effort was mainly on the floor, the diffuser, the parts you don't necessarily see between the rear tyres where due to the changes of the regulations, we lost a lot of performance on the floor, on the diffuser, and on the rear drum."
New regulations to the rear floor of the cars have been introduced in an attempt to slow the cars down. But Mochaux believes Alfa Romeo have been able to recover the lost downforce meaning lap times will still be quick and the cars could match the speeds of last year.
"We put all our efforts to try and recover the lost [downforce], which means in return, all of those things I haven't listed, in a very simple way, are carried over [from 2020]," added Moxhaux. "The chassis is the same, the gearbox is obviously the same. Most of the rear suspension as well, because of the regulations.
"For more return of investment reasons, we decided to carry over some extra components like the radiators and some parts of the bodywork, to really in the short time we had, with the resources we had, to concentrate on the areas we were expecting to provide the highest returns on investment.
"We will see in a couple of weeks time if the choices that we made are correct."