When tragedies such as the one that took Anthoine Hubert happen, everything else loses relevance. Today we raced to honour the memory of the young Frenchman: it wasn't a lucky race for us and we leave Spa-Francorchamps empty-handed despite lots of potential. Today, however, it wasn't the final result that mattered.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
"Racing today was never going to be easy given yesterday's tragic circumstances. Anthoine was one of my drivers in F3 and the minute of silence we observed for him today was quite an emotional moment. My thoughts go out to his family, while at the same time I hope for a quick recovery for our Sauber Junior driver Juan Manuel. As for the race, it was an afternoon to forget: Kimi's race was over within a few hundred metres from the start, when he was hit by Max Verstappen in a very optimistic move, and Antonio missed out on some good points with an accident in the last lap."
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Fastest lap: 1:48.753
Tyres: Softs (1 lap) - Medium (30 laps)
"Unfortunately my race was already over in turn one. I had to slow down as Bottas was at the outside and the next thing I know I get hit and I'm on two wheels. Afterwards it was nearly pointless to stay out as there was a lot of damage to the floor but you never know what's gonna happen so we did the whole distance. Really a shame as we had a strong car today."
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Result: (DNF) 18th
Fastest lap: 1:47.560
Tyres: Medium (29 laps) - Softs (15 laps)
"The car has been really strong today and therefore it's even more disappointing not to finish the race with an accident in the last lap. Our strategy was great and we would have been in the points and for this I feel sorry for everyone in the team, but I guess that's racing."
Thrills in store for fans during the week of the Italian GP
The legendary GP Tipo 159 "Alfetta" will be treading the catwalk of the Larusmiani Boutique from September 4 to 15. The exclusive location that represents Italian tailoring excellence and is home to the oldest brand located in Via Monte Napoleone is the ideal setting for the iconic car that won the 1951 F1 championship.
From September 6 to 8, Piazzale Cadorna in Milan will host the Alfa Romeo Motorhome with a Formula 1 simulator and a spectacular F1 C38 showcar.
Red Parade on the track, FlashAutoMob dedicated to Alfa Romeo Racing, the Italian GP on a jumbo screen, event hosted by driver Bruno Giacomelli and Sky Sport F1 "Race Anatomy" broadcast live at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese.
The powerful Quadrifoglio versions of Giulia and Stelvio will be on show at the MonzaFuoriGP2019 Village from September 5 to 8. All fans are invited to test drive the entire Alfa Romeo range.
Alfa Romeo has lined up activities for the Italian Grand Prix sure to excite fans and that will turn this corner of Europe into the focus point of worldwide automotive passion.
Activities kick off tomorrow evening, September 4, at the exclusive Larusmiani Boutique, the oldest clothing and tailoring brand in Via Monte Napoleone, founded in 1922, with an evocative installation featuring J.M. Fangio's 1951 world championship winning Romeo GP Tipo 159 "Alfetta". The excitement of the races of yesterday will be recalled in the store with vintage photographs and a selection of merchandising on the subject.
The four-leaf clover and the seagull, two symbols of Italian-made excellence
The project that brings together Larusmiani and Alfa Romeo, both symbols of Italian beauty in the world, shares a core of common values that created products capable of gaining a foothold in collective imaginary. Both brands capitalised on the ability to combine style, quality, elegance and craftsmanship. Not unlike the seagull ("Larus" in Latin) that since 1936 has identified Larusmiani garments, the legendary four-leaf clover emblem has been used since 1923 to distinguish the fastest performing Alfa Romeo cars, including the 1951 GP Tipo 159 "Alfetta" and the current "Alfa Romeo Racing" C38 single-seater that Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi will be driving at the "temple of speed" at Monza. The vintage car was the one driven by the Finnish champion in the Drivers Parade at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix last July. Alfa Romeo has written some of the most glorious pages of motorsports and Italian style, expressed in the exclusive design of the interior, for instance, comparable to a suit tailored with craftsmanship and premium materials. This is why a sporty and elegant icon, such as the GP Tipo 159 "Alfetta" perfectly complements the ambiance of the Larusmiani Boutique.
GP Tipo 159 "Alfetta" 1951
The history of the GP Tipo 159 "Alfetta", that belongs to the FCA Heritage collection and is usually on display at the Alfa Romeo Museum "La Macchina del Tempo" in Arese, is an interesting one. Alfa Romeo decided to radically overhaul of the previous version of the car to race the 1951 season. It was given the new name of GP Tipo 159. The engine was upped to deliver 425 hp at 9300 rpm, with peaks of 450 hp and top speeds in excess of 300 km/h. Transmission and brakes were also improved. Alfa Romeo went on to win the world championship at the end of an exciting year.
Alfa Romeo activities ahead of the Monza GP
The appointment at the exclusive Larusmiani Boutique opens the calendar of thrills that Alfa Romeo has in store for the Italian GP. The Alfa Romeo Motorhome will be parked from September 6 to 8 in Piazzale Cadorna in Milan. Esports fans are invited to try their hand at the Formula 1 simulator and watch the performance of Daniel Bereznay, the latest addition to the Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Esports team.
The spectacular Alfa Romeo Racing Team C38 showcar will also be on display.
The museum, known as "La Macchina del Tempo" (the time machine), is warming up to welcome fans for an activity-packed weekend. Visitors to the museum will experience the excitement of the test sessions, qualifiers and race on the jumbo screen in the Giulia room. Alfa Romeo owner will be invited to join the exhilarating activities with their prized cars of any model or vintage activities, such as the Red Parade on the indoor track scheduled for Saturday. On Sunday, the fans will be staging a FlashAutoMob with their own Alfa Romeos to send a message to the Alfa Romeo Racing drivers about to compete. The highlight on Sunday will be the live broadcast of the Italian GP to be experienced sitting next to the cars that embody the incredible emotions of the brand. The race will be followed by an in-depth look at the history of Alfa Romeo in Formula 1 with Bruno Giacomelli, a top-series driver from the end of the 1970s. The day will end with Sky Sport F1 "Race Anatomy" broadcast live from Arese in front of an audience of "Alfisti".
The #MonzaFuoriGP2019 Village - sport, music and entertainment - will be in Largo IV Novembre, Monza from September 5 to 8. The powerful Quadrifoglio versions of Giulia and Stelvio will be on display with their impressive 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo 510 hp petrol engines. There could be no better opportunity to test drive the entire Alfa Romeo range.
Kimi Räikkönen to star in a mini-serial of 5 adverts with his wife
Alfa Romeo announced an innovative communication project for the launch of the Stelvio and Giulia Model Year 2020 starring Kimi Räikkönen and his wife Minttu Räikkönen during the press conference at the museum in Arese.
The C38 car with special exteriors designed for the occasion that will be racing in Monza in the Italian Grand Prix was also revealed.
Drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi were present at the event together with Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur, representatives of more than 120 media from all over the world and special guests.
Räikkönen and Giovinazzi personally handed over new cars to eight lucky Alfa Romeo customers and took part in special activities with the classic cars of the FCA Heritage collection.
The packed week of ahead the Grand Prix continues with the brand playing a leading role in Milan and Monza in a long string of exciting activities.
Alfa Romeo announced a new one-of-a-kind communication project this evening. For the launch of the Giulia and Stelvio Model Year 2020 at the end of this year, Kimi Räikkönen and his wife Minttu Räikkönen will be the stars of a mini-serial of five adverts. This is an innovative project that will highlight the new features of the two models thanks to the acting skills of the two protagonists. Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi showed their worth some time ago when they featured in exciting shots at the Balocco Proving Ground filming the presentation of the Giulia and Stelvio Alfa Romeo Racing special editions. The successful experience received positive feedback from the international public and is continuing with this new activity that further showcases Kimi's acting talent, this time with his wife in a supporting role.
Special exteriors for the Italian Grand Prix
The event was also the opportunity to reveal the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team C38 that will be competing on Sunday at Monza in world preview. It is distinguished by very special exteriors specifically designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre to celebrate the Italian Grand Prix to enhance the extraordinary streamline look of the car driven by Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen. The most prominent feature is the Italian flag on the flaps which underscores the sense of national belonging of the Alfa Romeo brand.
An exceptional evening in the place where the history of Alfa Romeo is treasured
There could be no better stage for these announcements than the "La Macchina del Tempo" museum in Arese during the activity-packed week ahead of the Monza Grand Prix which sees Alfa Romeo involved in a long string of initiatives in Milan and Monza.The event drew representatives of over 120 media from over the world and special guests from the Formula 1 scene, including "Alfa Romeo Racing" Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur, driver Michela Cerruti and Cesare Fiorio. The evening was kicked off by drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi who handed over shiny-new cars to eight lucky Alfa Romeo customers.
Preview of the new Jeep® Renegade Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) at MotorVillage Champs-Elysées Paris
The first Jeep® Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicle for the EMEA region will be the star of a Jeep exhibition in the heart of Paris.
The Jeep Renegade PHEV will be previewed at the MotorVillage Champs-Elysées until the 25th of September.
Following its world premiere at the Geneva motor show last March and its international on-road debut at Turin's Parco del Valentino motor show in June, the new Jeep® Renegade Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) is set to arrive in the heart of Paris to be showcased at the exclusive Jeep showroom on the Champs-Elysées.
The new model will be on display until the 25th of September, taking centre stage in the Playground expo, which is dedicated to Jeep's affinity with sports and includes partnerships with WSL (World Surf League), LNB (Ligue Nationale de Basket) and JeepELITE.
Displayed in Trailhawk specification, the Renegade PHEV has features that bring out the model's strong personality while being eco-friendly and respectful of the urban environment thanks to a pure electric range of approximately 50 kilometres and no CO2 emissions in full-electric mode. In order to deliver these figures, the Renegade combines a 1.3-liter GSE turbo gasoline engine with an electric motor located between the rear wheels, powered by a set of batteries that can be recharged while driving or by using an external power outlet: at home with the domestic plug, using the efficient Wallbox, or with a public charge point. Recharging times can vary from an hour and a half to three hours depending on the type of outlet.
The combination of both internal combustion engine and the electric motor delivers outstanding performance and driving pleasure: 0-100 km/h is reached in approximately seven seconds, CO2 emissions are lower than 50g/km (NEDC2) and the full electric top speed is 130 km/h. The combined power output sits in the 190 and the 240 horsepower range, depending on the trim level.
Most of all, thanks to the new hybrid technology, the Jeep Renegade further improves its legendary off-road capability courtesy of the greater torque offered by the combination between the two power sources. Thanks to the new electric all-wheel-drive technology (eAWD), traction to the rear axle is not provided by a prop shaft but through the dedicated electric motor. This allows the two axles to be separated and control the torque independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system.
The Jeep Renegade PHEV features a unique interior and dashboard, plus an 8.4" HD Uconnect system with specific pages to allow for the driver to control its day-to-day hybrid driving operation. The Selec-Terrain maintains its location in front of the gear shift lever, while the Hybrid selector appears right next to it allowing the driver to select between the following driving modes:
Hybrid: the mode that optimises power to minimise fuel consumption. Internal combustion engine and electric motor work together depending on the road type, with energy recovery phases when braking
eSave: the internal combustion engine can maintain or recharge the battery while driving (driver's selectable options)
Electric: full-electric mode which allows for a pure electric range of approximately 50 kilometers.
The new 7" TFT colour display shows new information in front of the driver's eyes: the battery charge level, range in electric, combustion and combined modes, power percentage and recharge levels. The 8.4" Uconnect colour screen features new tabs such as power flow, driving history, charging times, eSave and the different charge settings.
The Jeep brand has always pioneered new segments and new technologies and it is getting ready to write a new chapter in its almost 80-year history by introducing new models with plug-in hybrid electric technology. Renegade will lead the way of the Jeep electrification process in the EMEA region. The new Renegade PHEV further strengthens the brand's values of freedom, adventure, authenticity and passion.
FCA What’s Behind – episode 4: the wind tunnel and aerodynamic development
The fourth episode describes the aerodynamic wind tunnel in Orbassano, near Turin, where all the FCA vehicles are tested, from the city cars to SUVs and even the commercial vehicles.
The tests performed in the wind gallery measure the braking force exerted on the vehicle by the air, to determine its resistance while moving at different speeds.
The objective is to optimise the aerodynamics of each model: indeed, the vehicle's ability to cut through the air plays a crucial role in determining its energy efficiency and emissions.
The facility was built in the 1970s and benefited from continuous upgrades to remain constantly at the forefront of technology.
Aerodynamics is a term often associated with motor-sports, or cars with very high or exceptionally high performances. But the vehicle's ability to cut through the air is also of crucial importance on everyday cars, from city cars to SUVs, especially in terms of fuel consumption and energy efficiency. FCA tests its vehicles in the full-scale aerodynamic wind tunnel at Orbassano, to the south of Turin. The facility was built in the 1970s and since then has benefited from continuous upgrades to integrate the most current technologies and constantly remain at the forefront of the field.
The air at its command, up to 210 km/h
If you imagine wind tunnels as large "tubes" where Formula 1 teams test their single-seaters in search of perfect performances, you are not wrong: the maximum air speed in the Orbassano plant can be as high as 210 km/h. In Orbassano, all the vehicles are tested, from city cars to lightweight commercial vehicles, also from the Latin American, Asian and Pacific Regions. The objective is to research the aerodynamic optimisation of every model produced that will be launched on the market: indeed the vehicle's ability to cut through the air plays a crucial role in terms of energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Therefore, the wind tunnel tests must reproduce the car's movement in relation to the wind exactly as in the real world. In other words, while in the real world the car moves in relation to the road and the air, in the wind tunnel the vehicle is stationary but the air and the floor underneath the vehicle are moved, to reproduce the situation found when driving in an outdoor environment.
The force of the air
Basically, wind tunnel tests measure the braking force the air applies to the vehicle, which is measured using a very precise scale (accurate to the order of 50 grams for vehicles which can weigh as much as 4 tonnes): this enables measurement of the resistance which the air applies to the moving vehicle at the different speeds.
You may be surprised to learn that tests are not only performed at top speed. To optimise the vehicle's aerodynamic performance in driving conditions as similar as possible to those in daily use by the customer, the most widely varying air conditions which may be encountered on the roads travelled every day are simulated, also with the aid of a revolving mobile floor that allows the car's position in relation to the wind direction to be changed.
Creation of 1:1 models
Aerodynamics are studied using models to scale 1:1, produced with the aid of milling tools, which are very detailed: their shape reproduces all the details to be analysed, from the shape of the bonnet to that of the bumpers and the underside of the body. The engine compartment and air intakes are also reproduced, with 99% accuracy in relation to the real model. This allows the performance of a number of checks ahead of the tests to be performed later on the pre-production cars.
As well as developing its own brands, every year FCA tests competitor cars, to provide comparisons with regard to aerodynamic performances. The wind tunnel is also used for objects not necessary related to the automotive industry: FCA often makes the wind tunnel available to external organisations that need to perform tests on their two and four-wheel vehicles. These also include armed forces organisations which need to test vehicles with a wind speed below 100 km/h.
This explains the excellence of the Orbassano centre, one of the few centres in Europe which allows testing on real scale and with high wind speed, and the only one in Italy to have achieved this level.
The importance of virtual before real
The physical tests are underpinned by masterly virtual simulation work using computers. This is made possible by CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) virtual analyses, which slash vehicle development times, since they allow the development of a model very close to the preset targets before the tests with the vehicle at 1:1 scale, and monitor the entire development process through to the launch to ensure that aerodynamic targets are met. The virtual analysis is continually connected to the testing activities in the wind tunnel, to allow selection of the best tool for the provision of information and inputs depending on the design phase and current needs.