New name, rekindled fire - Alfa Romeo is shaking things up for the 2022 F1 season

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The new logo for the 2022 Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN.
The new logo for the 2022 Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN.
  • Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN is the team's official name that Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou will race for this year.
  • The new cars that teams will be using this year are expected to bring equilibrium and close-combat racing.
  • The team is confident that the new regulations and this new spirit will make them a force to be reckoned with in 2022.
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Now that Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi have departed from the team, Alfa Romeo is turning up the wick for the 2022 Formula One season. A fresh identity to tackle a new era of Formula One: this is what Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN has unveiled, in the shape of a new team name and logo, as it completes its preparations for the 2022 season.

The new brand identity is officially live and will be seen in action for the first time at the first pre-season test in Barcelona late next month.

The launch of an updated name represents a new approach for the team, just as the sport enters a brave new era with its new regulations, while at the same time preserving the links to the recent past: it's an identity that conveys a strong statement of commitment from Alfa Romeo, which remains in a long-term relationship with the team and continues to push the team forward.

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Kimi Raikkonen

What's the big deal, it's just a name change?

The addition of "F1 Team" to the name is a particular badge of honour for Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN: it represents inclusion in one of the most exclusive clubs globally, one of just ten outfits in the world entitled to use this prestigious moniker. It also reflects Sauber and Alfa Romeo's strong racing DNA and the history these brands embody, the team notes in a release issued today.

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The changes will also be reflected in the chassis name officially submitted to the FIA; this will change from Alfa Romeo Racing to Alfa Romeo, a further alignment by the team with one of the most historical marques in the world of motorsport.

CEO of Alfa Romeo Jean Philippe Imparato says: "For us, adding the wording' F1 Team' to our team's name is highly significant and makes us proud. It epitomises Alfa Romeo's commitment to the most exclusive motorsport competition there is, where this brand has written indelible pages in its history. On the other hand, it represents the team spirit of cohesion, in which Alfa Romeo intends to play a leading role. With this new team and logo, a new, exciting line-up and a new car ready to be unveiled, we are prepared for an exciting new season."

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Valtteri Bottas

New pairing, new car, anything can happen

This year, Formula One teams face several changes that will see cars switching to larger wheels and tyres. All 2022 F1 vehicles will also offer an advanced aerodynamic design to enable close-quarters racing for more overtaking chances.

In 2022, team newcomer Valtteri Bottas will undoubtedly look to challenge for the win, based on his top performances for Mercedes-AMG in the 2021 season. Another newcomer, although no novice behind the wheel, is Guanyu Zhou

Do you think this rekindled spirit and the rule changes might ensure Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN has what it takes to challenge Mercedes-AMG and Red Bull for the championships this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, or please send us an email here.

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