By Alan Baldwin
Alfa Romeo is not going to develop their new Formula One car past the summer as a way to give themselves the most effective shot at a step up in 2022, technical director Jan Monchaux mentioned on Monday.
With sweeping new guidelines subsequent year and a price range cap now in place, the Swiss-based team can’t afford to spend time and money on enhancements which will carry scant reward by way of factors.
“We’ve got a mountain to climb for 2022,” Monchaux informed Reuters in a video interview after the net launch of the pink and white C41 car in Warsaw’s Grand Theatre, the venue reflecting Polish sponsors Orlen.
“We’ve got to do a complete car, under the budget cap, and that is a monster challenge for a company like ours.”
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Next year represents an actual likelihood to reset the clock and return to the midfield, after ending eighth for three years in a row.
The present automobiles are a detailed evolution of the 2020 ones with some aerodynamic tweaks, however 2022 marks an enormous change of path with greater 18-inch tyres additionally thrown into the equation.
“The more time we spend on the ’21 (car), the less resource we will have to make a good job on the ’22,” mentioned Monchaux.
He mentioned the team had been ‘carrying an anchor’ since 2017, after they raced as Sauber and completed tenth general and as a lot as 4 seconds off the tempo.
“If you start a new era with such a deficit, it’s simply game over,” he mentioned. “So 2022, we can’t miss that deadline and I think most of the teams will be thinking the same.
“We will not carry updates after the summer, that is fairly clear.
“You might have some people fighting for the title, they might be willing to push (development) longer because it’s a unique opportunity to be champion, but we are certainly not going to do that.
“We will cease means sooner than in a traditional season, additionally due to the price range cap.”