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Productive opening day for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team in Barcelona

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Barcelona, 23 February 2022 – Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN started its 2022 season with the first day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Robert Kubica took the new C42 out for its first laps in the morning, before #valtteribottas took over the cockpit in the afternoon.

The Finn will be back in the car tomorrow morning, with Zhou Guanyu at the wheel of the C42 after lunch.
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya / 4.675 km
Driver: Robert Kubica (morning); #valtteribottas (afternoon)
Chassis / engine: Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN C42-01 / Ferrari
Laps: 9, 42.08km (KUB); 23 laps, 107.56 km (BOT)
Fastest Lap: 1:25.909 (KUB); 1:22.572 (BOT)
Valtteri Bottas (Car 77): “It’s always nice to get back behind the wheel after the winter break, especially with a new car, a new team and a new generation of Formula One cars. I did enjoy my time in the car, even though we had some issues that turned out to be pretty costly in terms of time lost. The important thing, however, is that we were able to understand them completely and we know how to fix them: we may have run out of time to do that today, but we still got some running under our belt and we know how to progress. Now I hope we can get two good days tomorrow and Friday to catch up on the time we lost today and complete our programme for the test. My first impression of the car is positive, so far I did not feel massive differences between the old-generation cars and the new ones, definitely not night and day. Of course, one needs to adjust the driving a little bit, but nothing too drastic: still, we have a lot of learning to do and we’re keen to get back to work on track tomorrow.”

Robert Kubica (Car 88): “It wasn’t the best of mornings as we had a couple of issues that limited our running. The guys did a good job to solve them and it’s nice to see the spirit with which the team faced them, but in the end we lost a big chunk of time. The little running I did feels like an appetiser, but obviously I wanted more! That’s #racing, though, the important thing is that we can recover some ground tomorrow and continue discovering our new baby. The first impressions of the car are positive, but there’s so much more we need to find out.”

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About Sauber Group of Companies:

The Sauber Group of Companies is composed of two operational entities: Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates and manages the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN; and Sauber Technologies AG, which focuses on third-party business in the areas of advanced engineering, prototype development and additive manufacturing, in addition to full and model-scale testing in the factory’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel and ground-breaking innovation in the field of aerodynamics. The companies collaborate closely and share know-how to apply the expertise of more than 500 dedicated individuals at the headquarter in Hinwil, Switzerland, to all internal and external projects. Since its founding in 1970, the passion for #racing has been at the heart of Sauber.

For more than 50 years, the innovative Swiss company has been setting standards in the design, development and construction of race cars for various championship series, such as Formula One, DTM, and WEC. Following its own Formula One debut in 1993, Sauber Motorsport AG has established one of the few traditional and privately held teams in the sport. The company launched a long-term partnership with Alfa Romeo in 2018 and, as it celebrates 30 years of competition in Formula One, it enters the 2022 championship under the team name Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN.

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