Valtteri Bottas wakes up Milan

Gareth Herincx

4 days ago
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F1 star Valtteri Bottas has helped Alfa Romeo celebrate its 112th anniversary with a unique stunt.

The Flying Finn drove his Alfa Romeo Formula One car around the most iconic streets of Milan at 5.30am this morning.

Starting from Piazza Duomo and passing through Piazza San Babila, Porta Nuova, the majestic Central Statio and then the City Life district, he ended his city tour at Gattamelata – a place of strong historical significance.

Valtteri Bottas in Milan with Alfa Romeo F1

Here in 1910 was Portello, Alfa Romeo’s first production site, which is now home to the brand’s new flagship store – the first showroom in the world to introduce Alfa Romeo’s new Brand Identity.

There is an extremely close bond with Milan and Alfa Romeo. It was in Milan, 112 years ago, under the name Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, that the brand was introduced to the world. The rest is history.

Happy Birthday Alfa Romeo!

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Valtteri Bottas wakes up Milan

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F1 star Valtteri Bottas has helped Alfa Romeo celebrate its 112th anniversary with a unique stunt.

The Flying Finn drove his Alfa Romeo Formula One car around the most iconic streets of Milan at 5.30am this morning.

Starting from Piazza Duomo and passing through Piazza San Babila, Porta Nuova, the majestic Central Statio and then the City Life district, he ended his city tour at Gattamelata – a place of strong historical significance.

Valtteri Bottas in Milan with Alfa Romeo F1

Here in 1910 was Portello, Alfa Romeo’s first production site, which is now home to the brand’s new flagship store – the first showroom in the world to introduce Alfa Romeo’s new Brand Identity.

There is an extremely close bond with Milan and Alfa Romeo. It was in Milan, 112 years ago, under the name Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, that the brand was introduced to the world. The rest is history.

Happy Birthday Alfa Romeo!

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Jenson Button tests new Radford Lotus Type 62-2

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Jenson Button takes Radford Lotus Type 62-2 for final development track test

Ex-Formula One Champion Jenson Button has taken the Radford Lotus Type 62-2 through its final phases of pre-production testing.

The dynamic track test of the prototype John Player Special model was conducted by Jenson at the home of Lotus, on the test track facility at its headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk.

“To finally drive the type 62-2 for the first time was obviously a very special moment, the cockpit already feels like home!” said Jenson.

“The car felt great, well balanced in high and low-speed corners and ran faultlessly all day which is the perfect base for the months of setup tweaking that will follow for me.

“We want to ensure that this car is a pure driver’s car that pays both due respects to the DNA of Lotus, but also delivers the luxury of a Radford.”

Jenson’s role as test driver plays a crucial part in the final stage of development, having been involved from the outset in the design, development and engineering of the Lotus Radford Type 62-2.

On-track during testing, the prototype delivered an electronically limited top speed of 186mph and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 2.9 seconds. The car produces 600bhp from a supercharged 3.5-litre V6 and has a dry weight under 1,000kg.

The mid-engined two-seater coupe is based on Lotus technology that has been re-engineered throughout including upgraded pistons, con-rods and camshafts, adjustable coil spring suspension driven through a 6-speed manual transmission.

The carbon fibre body panels and interior sit on an ultra-lightweight aluminium chassis, in keeping with the Lotus philosophy of “Simplify and add lightness”.

After the first customer deliveries in 2022, all of the Radford Type 62-2 owners will be invited to attend an exclusive one-day track event to get behind the wheel alongside Jenson, who will demonstrate how drivers can get the most out of their car on the racetrack.

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The typical road trip lasts just under four hours, covers 150 miles and includes 41 songs to sing-along to, according to a new study by Esso.

More than a third of the of 2,000 adults questioned believe one of the most important aspects of a road trip is who they’re travelling with, while three passengers and the driver was found to be the preferred number.

It also emerged the average year sees Brits go on eight road trips – with 61 per cent currently having one lined up.

Of those, 43 per cent plan to travel with their partner, 20 per cent with their children and 10 per cent with their parents.

Other important aspects for a road trip were good weather (36 per cent), the scenery (31 per cent) and the final destination (31 per cent).

Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’, Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and Pharrell William’s ‘Happy’ were revealed as the go-to songs to singalong to in the car that transcend the generation gap, while The Killers ‘Mr Brightside’ is a firm favourite among millennials.

Esso, which is the technical partner of the Red Bull Racing Honda Formula 1 team, asked drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, about their road trip memories as children.

“The long rides I remember, were back in the day with my dad,” said Max. “So, we’d be listening to like, 70s, 80s, 90s – it would go from like Elvis Presley, to Michael Jackson, to Barry White, you know all this kind of stuff.”

The research also revealed that one in six Brits also believe regular scheduled stops are vital, with the typical ‘pit stop’ lasting 17 minutes, which usually involves stopping off at a service station (40 per cent), visiting a viewpoint (33 per cent) and enjoying a picnic (25 per cent).

Favourite in-car games were ‘I Spy’ (20 per cent), spotting unusual number plates (10 per cent) and ’20 questions’ (10 per cent). Other popular games are ‘Guess the tune’, ‘Spot the Animal’ and ‘Yellow Car’.

Kimi Räikkönen drives the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

Home / Auto Video / Kimi Räikkönen drives the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

Gareth Herincx

3 days ago
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Formula One star Kimi Räikkönen has conducted the final testing session of the new high performance Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm.

The former champion, who now drives for the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team, provided feedback on the new aerodynamic solutions developed by Alfa Romeo and Sauber Engineering, along with team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi.

The test drive took place at the Balocco Proving Ground near Milan – the site of development and testing of all Alfa Romeo sports cars since the 1960s.

Kimi Räikkönen test drives the new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA (1)

“I really like it. We’re looking at a car that can be used on an everyday basis, but that can also be taken onto the track, one in which you can really enjoy yourself,” said Kimi.

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Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who’s worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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