EA SPORTS has announced that Alfa Romeo’s 2023 Formula 1 challenger will be ready to drive in F1 22 – before it even hits the track!
The Alfa Romeo C43 livery was unveiled on the 7th of February, with the car set for its first day of official pre-season testing on the 23rd of February at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain.
The paint scheme is a bold black and red composition, with sections of unpainted carbon fibre helpfully reducing weight (F1 cars’ minimum weight has been decreased by 2kg to 796kg for 2023).
Interestingly, EA SPORTS has omitted Alfa’s crypto betting firm sponsor, in a nod to F1 22’s age rating restrictions (a similar situation to the 2022 McLaren’s nicotine pouch sponsor).
“Fans mean everything to us, and to be able to give them the chance to drive our new Alfa Romeo F1 Team C43 before they even see it on track in real life is something that was never done before in the official F1 video games,” said Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Managing Director of Sauber Group and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Representative.
“We’re proud to be at the leading edge of this pioneering approach, but this is not the whole story: we have a lot more in store, planned for the season, and we can’t wait to show you,” he added intriguingly.
The ‘23 Alfa will be available to drive for all F1 22 owners before pre-season testing gets underway this Thursday, albeit understandably in Time Trial mode only as part of an ‘F1 2023 Preview’.
F1 22 available on EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
In more F1 22 news, the game will also be available to play via the EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate services, ensuring Xbox, PlayStation and PC owners can sample the new Alfa Romeo livery in anticipation of the new season.
F1 22 will be added to the above services on the 2nd of March, with the 2023 F1 season beginning just three days later on the 5th of March, where Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu will be aiming to better the team’s sixth-place finish in the 2022 Constructors Championship.
This follows the recent removal of F1 2020 from the service.
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SOURCE: Electronic Arts