Alfa Romeo revealed its challenger on Monday alongside its three drivers in Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi and the reserve, Robert Kubica.
Raikkonen looked upbeat about the car, although he admitted it was tough to come to any real conclusions till pre-season testing.
“First of all, it’s nice to obviously see the new car. And yeah, we are in an area of the unknown; there’s some rule change and how it’s gonna impact everybody and where we are gonna be,” Raikkonen said.
“Hopefully, we are better off than last year and we’ll get some idea in testing in a couple of weeks’ time. And then in one month’s time, at the first race, we will really know where we are. But yeah, we will do our best.”
It usually does take at least the first couple of races to truly know where you stand with respect to your competition.
Alfa Romeo didn’t have the best of times last season, finishing in eighth position in the constructors’ standings.
However, with a lot of work taking place in the off-season and a reportedly novel power unit set to be introduced by Ferrari, there is reason to believe that this year could yield better results.
The focus has been on rebuilding the nose of the car which will help them greatly in terms of aerodynamic stability.
It is likely that their pre-season objective will be to aim for a mid-table finish, or at least be more competitive than they were last season.