Reviews Alfa Romeo shakedown in Barcelona: Kubica completes maiden voyage

21:31  26 february  2021
21:31  26 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Robert Kubica im C41 auf der Strecke in Barcelona © Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Robert Kubica in the C41 on the track in Barcelona

On Friday Alfa Romeo completed a shakedown with the new car in Barcelona, ​​Spain. At the wheel of the C41 , which was presented to on Monday , sat Robert Kubica. The Pole had the honor of doing the first few laps in the new car. The regular drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi had to watch.

At 9:32 a.m., the Alfa Romeo rolled onto the racetrack for the first time. The former Sauber team set up a film day to get used to the new season. According to the regulations, no more than a hundred kilometers may be unwound at such an event.

Kubica completed a total of 29 laps in sunny, spring-like conditions - but most of them on the shorter layout. After a few rounds of installation in the morning, the engineers performed a few system checks to make sure the car was ready for winter testing in Bahrain in mid-March.

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The Pole was able to compare his impressions of the simulator with those on the real racetrack and provided feedback for the team from Hinwil. According to the team, there were no technical difficulties at the film day.

"Today was an important step in our preparation for the season. I am pleased to report that everything went according to plan today. We were able to carry out all the checks that we had planned," commented team principal Frederic Vasseur.

However, the informative value of the first laps is reduced due to the fact that only demo tires may be used on film days. Nevertheless, Kubica also speaks of a positive day. "It is always a special moment to be the first driver allowed to drive the new car."

The focus on Friday was on checking all systems to ensure that the bolide works smoothly for further test drives, emphasizes the veteran. "The performance was therefore not one of our goals today, but that doesn't reduce the excitement of being able to drive such a car."

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