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Volume 7 No. 149
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Alfa Romeo Formula 1 Shows Off Valentine's Day Livery

There is "already plenty of romance" surrounding Alfa Romeo returning to Formula 1, according to Dan Ripley of the London DAILY MAIL. Love "really is in the air at the team, who offered the first look of their new car for the upcoming season by running a Valentine's Day livery during a shakedown session on Thursday." The livery features patterns of hearts and shamrocks interlinked, "with the latter a traditional symbol used by Alfa Romeo on all their sports cars as a symbol of good luck." The design is a "one-off" that will not be used during the season. Alfa Romeo will unveil its '19 car on Monday (DAILY MAIL, 2/14).

HUMBLE APPROACH: The BBC's Andrew Benson reported McLaren "projected a message of humility and determination to improve" as it unveiled its new F1 car. The team had the second-slowest car for much of last season "but finished sixth in the championship, largely thanks to the efforts of Fernando Alonso." The Spanish two-time champion "has left F1" and McLaren has a new driver lineup of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris (BBC, 2/14).