Alfa Romeo have officially unveiled their new car, the C38.
The Swiss team, formerly Sauber, are aiming to take the next step in their midfield revival in 2019 and revealed their challenger in Barcelona before the first morning of winter testing.
Alfa Romeo had previously offered a first glimpse of their new car with a heart-themed camouflage livery on Valentine’s Day, but their C38 reverts back to a similar colour scheme to last season.
Kimi Raikkonen’s return after 18 years away represents the team’s big winter arrival, with F1’s oldest driver joined by Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi.
Alfa Romeo aiming to top midfield?
The scale of Alfa Romeo’s improved form proved one of last year’s unexpected stories.
The team achieved their highest points tally since 2013, scoring points in seven of the final nine races, and finished eighth in the standings from 10th the previous two years.
While Charles Leclerc’s stellar form earned him an immediate promotion to mother team Ferrari, the race-winning experience of Raikkonen honed with the promise of Giovinazzi, who competed in two races for the team at the start of 2017, gives Alfa Romeo what appears a balanced line-up.
How to follow F1 Testing with Sky Sports
Live television coverage on Sky Sports F1 of the first pre-season test at Barcelona will begin on Monday at 1pm and will continue until 6pm.
Sky F1 will also be broadcasting live coverage on Tuesday February 19, Wednesday February 20 and Thursday February 21 between 1pm and 6pm.
Our live review show, Welcome to F1 2019, will begin at approximately 5pm on every night of the test.
F1 winter testing: Week One line-ups
|Day One||Day Two||Day Three||Day Four|
|Ferrari||Sebastian Vettel||Charles Leclerc||Sebastian Vettel||Charles Leclerc|
|Red Bull||Max Verstappen||Pierre Gasly||Max Verstappen||Pierre Gasly|
|Haas||Romain Grosjean||Kevin Magnussen||Grosjean/Fittipaldi||Fittipaldi/Magnussen|
|McLaren||Carlos Sainz||Lando Norris||Carlos Sainz||Lando Norris|
|Racing Point||Sergio Perez||Lance Stroll||Sergio Perez||Lance Stroll|
|Alfa Romeo||Kimi Raikkonen||Antonio Giovinazzi||Kimi Raikkonen||Antonio Giovinazzi|
|Toro Rosso||Daniil Kvyat||Alexander Albon||Daniil Kvyat||Alexander Albon|
Selected highlights from the day’s broadcast will be available on Sky Go, On Demand and the Sky Sports digital products.
A dawn-to-dusk live blog will also be available on the Sky Sports digital products for every day of winter testing, along with features, insight and reviews from Barcelona.
Regular updates from Barcelona will be published on our social accounts, while Craig Slater will be delivering live reports from the Circuit de Catalunya for Sky Sports News.