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Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN came to the test track in Fiorano recently to see the 2020 car in action for the first time.

The new C39 completed its first successful outing during today’s shakedown at Fiorano. The team’s 2020 contender, driven by Kimi Räikkönen, began its competitive life as it left the garage at 9.37am with an exotic “snakeskin livery” in tones of black and dark grey.

The C39 snaked around the Fiorano Circuit for 33 laps, Kimi displaying increasing confidence with every lap completed. The car curled around the track’s tight corners, writhed past the fast bends as Kimi explored its capabilities, before coiling back in the garage at the end of the day – a positive first session of on-track work ahead of the 2020 season.

In designing this livery, the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo took its inspiration from one of the Brand’s dominant icons, the heraldic ‘Biscione’, and developed a car model with paintwork that echoes its shape. The snakeskin pattern not only endows the car with an exotic look, it also camouflages its normal appearance and disguises its secrets until the official launch.

In addition to this special skin, the public also admired a novel, exclusive interpretation of the Alfa Romeo logo in the shape of a heart: a homage to Saint Valentine and the day all lovers celebrate.

The top of the monocoque also displayed a tribute to the work of all Sauber Group employees, an acknowledgement of their contribution to the creation of the team’s 2020 car.

On February 19, the new, official 2020 livery will be unveiled in Barcelona.