Alfa Romeo is not going to develop its new Formula One car past the summer with a view to give itself the very best shot at a step up in 2022, technical director Jan Monchaux stated on Monday.
With sweeping new guidelines subsequent 12 months and a finances cap now in place, the Swiss-based team can not afford to spend money and time on enhancements which will convey scant reward by way of factors.
“We’ve got a mountain to climb for 2022,” Monchaux stated 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.”
Next 12 months represents an actual likelihood to reset the clock and return to the midfield, after ending eighth for three years in a row.
The present vehicles are a detailed evolution of the 2020 ones with some aerodynamic tweaks, however 2022 marks an enormous change of course 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,” stated Monchaux.
He stated the team had been ‘carrying an anchor’ since 2017, once 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 stated. “So 2022, we can’t miss that deadline and I think most of the teams will be thinking the same.
“We will not convey 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 method sooner than in a traditional season, additionally due to the finances cap.”