The drivers of the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula 1 team experienced a day steeped in the Alfa Romeo brand’s spirit at the famous Balocco Proving Ground, the FCA Group’s iconic testing complex.
It was there, on the famous Autodelta site, that the very first Alfa Romeo models were assembled. Since then, the brand’s legendary sporting history has seen a string of victories and top-three finishes in many international championships, including Formula 1. Alfa Romeo won the very first edition of the Grand Prix championship in 1950 with Nino Farina driving an Alfa Romeo158, and the following year Juan Manuel Fangio repeated this achievement in an Alfa Romeo 159.
Today, this glorious legacy is entrusted to the new Alfa Romeo Racing team, and for the 2019 season, the star drivers chosen to take the wheel of its cars – which represent the team’s Italian-ness – are Antonio Giovinazzi and 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkonen.
During the Balocco test drives, Antonio and Kimi were given a special welcome kit to make them immediately feel at home. The location for the day was the famous 5.6-kilometre-long Alfa Romeo Track, which offers all the thrills of a real Formula 1 circuit and is the ideal location to showcase the characteristics of the Alfa Romeo range.
The spotlight was on the new Giulietta, Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which co-starred with the drivers in a range of exciting driving activities and video production sessions on the track. The Quadrifoglio models, bearing the legendary symbol adopted by Alfa Romeo in 1923, are the essence of the very finest technical and performance features. Equipped with exclusive aluminum 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engines that were developed using Ferrari input, technology and engineering know-how, they deliver maximum power of 510 hp and generate 600 Nm of torque.
Alongside these cars that define the brand’s standard, the new compact Alfa Romeo Giulietta was also put through its paces.
Giulietta has evolved, while retaining its unmistakable style and strong sporty character. Its characteristic ability to delight customers who appreciate Italian style, technical excellence and driving pleasure with complete safety, did not fail to impress on the Balocco circuit during a truly wonderful day, and especially the Veloce. This version, which completes the Giulietta line-up, is the finest expression of the car’s sporty character – packed with standard equipment and featuring specific styling for an even bolder look, its in-built Alfa Romeo racing technology delivers no-compromise performance on the road.