What sneak preview tells us about Alfa's pragmatic refinement

What sneak preview tells us about Alfa's pragmatic refinement

Alfa Romeo offered a peek of its 2020 C39 having its shakedown at Fiorano, and several neat revisions can be detected as the team seeks to consolidate its position in Formula 1's midfield

As a Valentine's Day gift to its loyal fanbase - and, presumably, the Formula 1 media circus - Alfa Romeo capped an already launch-intensive day with a surprise reveal of the new C39 undergoing its shakedown at the Fiorano circuit.

Dressed in a snakeskin livery, the C39 also bore a number of key design changes over its predecessor. Although Alfa's subsequent press release waxed lyrical about the symbolism of a snake shedding its skin, thankfully it omitted any visual evidence of the car doing so at the end of its runs. This is F1, after all, not a David Attenborough documentary.

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