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Alfa Romeo Racing C38

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Alfa Romeo Racing C38
FIA F1 Austria 2019 Nr. 7 Räikkönen 1.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorAlfa Romeo
Designer(s)Simone Resta (Technical Director)
Luca Furbatto (Chief Designer)
Ian Wright (Head of Vehicle Performance)
Jan Monchaux (Head of Aerodynamics)
Nicolas Hennel (Chief Aerodynamicist)
PredecessorSauber C37 - Sauber Engineering
Alfa Romeo 185T - Alfa Romeo branded
SuccessorAlfa Romeo C39
Technical specifications[1]
Suspension (front)Double wishbone, inboard spring and damper unit actuated by push-rods
Suspension (rear)Multilink, inboard spring and damper elements actuated by pull-rods
Length5,500 mm (216.5 in)
Width2,000 mm (78.7 in)
Height950 mm (37.4 in)
EngineFerrari 064 1.6 L (98 cu in) direct injection V6 turbocharged engine limited to 15,000 RPM in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout
Electric motorFerrari kinetic and thermal energy recovery systems
TransmissionFerrari 8-speed quick-shift carbon gearbox, longitudinally mounted, carbon-composite clutch
Weight740 kg (1,631.4 lb)
FuelShell V-Power
Brakes6-piston Brembo brake calipers (carbon-composite discs/pads)
TyresPirelli P Zero (dry)
Pirelli Cinturato (wet)
Competition history
Notable entrantsAlfa Romeo Racing
Notable drivers
Debut2019 Australian Grand Prix
Last event2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
RacesWinsPodiumsPolesF.Laps
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The Alfa Romeo Racing C38 is a Formula One racing car designed and constructed by Alfa Romeo Racing to compete during the 2019 Formula One World Championship.[2][3] It is the first Sauber-engineered car to be badged Alfa Romeo following a team renaming deal struck with Sauber Motorsport AG in February 2019.[4] It was Alfa Romeo's first season as a F1 team since 1985. The car was driven by Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi,[5] and made its debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. The car finished 8th in the Constructors' Championship with 57 points, 43 for Räikkönen and 14 for Giovinazzi.

The chassis was designed by Simone Resta, Luca Furbatto, Ian Wright, Jan Monchaux and Nicolas Hennel with the car being powered with a customer Ferrari powertrain.

Räikkönen at the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix
Räikkönen at the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

Technical details

The C38's engine is a 1600cc V6 engine, with a single turbocharger. The Energy Recovery System (ERS) is accumulated into a battery pack and deployed via a 120 kW electric motor. The C38 has an 8-speed gearbox, 6-piston Brembo brake callipers, and carbon-composite discs and pads from Carbon Industries.[6] The chassis is a carbon-composite monocoque; the front suspension has double wishbones, with inboard spring and damper units actuated by push-rods; the rear suspension is Multilink, with inboard spring and damper elements actuated by pull-rods. The C38 has OZ wheels and Pirelli tyres.

Competition history

At the opening race in Australia, Räikkönen and Giovinazzi qualified 9th and 14th respectively. Giovinazzi would go on to finish 15th, whilst Räikkönen finished 8th, scoring Alfa Romeo's first points in Formula One since the 1984 European Grand Prix. Räikkönen went on to score three more consecutive points finishes, including 7th in Bahrain and 9th in China. In Azerbaijan Räikkönen's car failed a front wing deflection test, excluding him from qualifying and forcing him to start the race from the pit lane. An impressive recovery drive saw him finish 10th. A brief dip in fortunes followed as the team failed to score points in the next three races, the best finish being 13th place for Giovinazzi in Canada. A particularly poor showing came in Monaco, after Giovinazzi was penalised for causing a collision and would go on to finish the race in 19th place, whilst Räikkönen could only salvage 17th.

The C38 returned to form in France where Räikkönen recorded another 7th-place finish, albeit with Giovinazzi a lowly 16th. The car achieved its first double points-finish of the season in Austria, where Räikkönen and Giovinazzi finished 9th and 10th respectively. This also marked the first point of Giovinazzi's Formula One career. The C38's first retirement of the season came at the following race in Britain, where Giovinazzi spun into a gravel trap after suffering a mechanical failure whilst running in 9th place. Räikkönen went on to score another points-finish with 8th place. At the German Grand Prix, the team recorded their best grid position of the season with Räikkönen qualifying 5th. During the rain-affected race, the C38 achieved its best combined finish of the season thus far when Räikkönen and Giovinazzi finished 7th and 8th respectively. However, after the race, the stewards found that the team had used a type of traction control during the race start, providing the drivers with an illegal advantage in the wet conditions. Both drivers were issued with 30-second time penalties, demoting them to 12th and 13th. Alfa Romeo later appealed the decision, however this appeal was rejected.[7]

In Hungary, Giovinazzi started 17th after receiving a grid penalty for impeding another driver in qualifying. He failed to recover during the race and finished 18th, meanwhile Räikkönen scored another points-finish with 7th place. In Belgium, Räikkönen was involved in a first-lap collision and suffered a slow pit-stop when his front wing was replaced, eventually finishing 16th. Giovinazzi crashed out on the penultimate lap having been running in 9th place. In Italy, Räikkönen crashed heavily in qualifying, forcing him to start the race from the pit lane after damaged power unit components were replaced. He would only recover to 15th place by the end of the race.[8] Giovinazzi scored a career best and second points-finish with 9th place. The C38 became the first Alfa Romeo Formula One car to lead a Grand Prix lap since the 1983 183T when Giovinazzi led the Singapore Grand Prix for four laps. He would go on to finish 10th. Meanwhile, Räikkönen was involved in a collision with Daniil Kvyat, breaking his suspension and forcing him to retire.

The C38 struggled at the next four races, failing to score points. Räikkönen's car retired from the Mexican Grand Prix with an overheating issue, and both cars were knocked out in Q1 in the United States. A successful result came at the chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix. Both drivers took advantage of retirements, collisions and penalties of cars ahead to score the C38's best result, with Räikkönen classified 4th and Giovinazzi 5th. The car returned to poor form at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with both drivers failing to reach Q2 and to score points.

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
AUS BHR CHN AZE ESP MON CAN FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN MEX USA BRA ABU
2019 Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 064 P Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 15 11 15 12 16 19 13 16 10 Ret 13 18 18 9 10 15 14 14 14 5 16 57 8th
Finland Kimi Räikkönen 8 7 9 10 14 17 15 7 9 8 12 7 16 15 Ret 13 12 Ret 11 4 13

Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed over 90% of the winner's race distance.

References

  1. ^ "Alfa Romeo Racing C38-Ferrari". Sauber Group. 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  2. ^ Noble, Jonathan (18 February 2019). "Alfa Romeo reveals 2019 Formula 1 car livery". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. ^ Coch, Mat (14 February 2019). "Alfa Romeo breaks cover for Fiorano test". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Sauber F1 team renamed Alfa Romeo Racing". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ "2019 FIA Formula One World Championship Entry List". Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  6. ^ Sauber Group: Alfa Romeo Racing C38-Ferrari - Sauber Group Archived 2019-02-18 at the Wayback Machine, accessdate: 14. April 2019
  7. ^ "Alfa Romeo lose German Grand Prix penalty appeal". formula1.com. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Kimi Raikkonen set to start Italian GP from the pit lane". www.formula1.com. 8 September 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
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