Stake has become the latest team to launch its 2024 look with the unveiling of its livery and “aggressively redesigned” C44 in London on Monday night.
The former Alfa Romeo team has become Stake for the next two seasons, and with that has come a new team identity that sees a bright green and black color scheme. Officially described as “Fluo Racing Green”, it was unveiled during a lavish launch event in the Guildhall in central London featuring drivers Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu.
Unlike Williams earlier in the day, Stake is also showing the new car in its imagery, with the C44 described as “a marked departure from its predecessor” with multiple changes including pull-rod suspension instead of push-rod. The C44 is the first car that has been delivered since James Key returned as technical director, and team representative Alessandro Alunni Bravi says he wants to see a step forward compared to last year’s ninth place in the constructors’ championship.
“The new car we unveiled today, the C44, is a tribute to the work done by James Key and the technical team, and to every man and woman in Hinwil, who all contributed to the car we see today,” Alunni Bravi said. “Witnessing the launch of a new car is always a special moment, and even more so when it marks the start of a new era, that of Stake F1 Team.
“We have a fresh new identity and we are excited about everything we have planned, on and off the track: today, though, it is all about the C44 and its potential. We are confident about this car and our team: we won’t speak about specific targets, because it’s always difficult to commit to numbers, but our targets are clear – to improve the performance of our car and our package.
“By package, I mean every area, from the race team to the operations on track, the pit stops, the strategy: it’s more than just the car performance, and we are committed in all departments to make this step, this is the target.
“Then, we will see where our position will be as the season progresses: but the key target is to improve this year and to deliver a better job than we did in 2023.”