The second advent of Alfa Romeo team to Formula 1 in the period of 1979 – 1985 was not really successful. Alfa cars were usually midfield runners, rarely fought for top positions and not scored even a single win. The good thing is that red and white (until title sponsor was changed from Marlboro to Benetton in 1984) Italian vehicles were one of the best-looking cars in the peloton. 1981’s specification, 179C, also was more attractive aesthetically than competitive. The basic model, 179, was prepared by works designers Carlo Chiti and Robert Choulet by the end of 1979 season and raced through 1980. For the 1981 season 179 underwent several minor modifications, most significant of which was adjustable dumpers. Drivers roster of the Marlboro Alfa Romeo Team for 1981 were represented by Bruno Giacomelli who raced for the Alfa since its debut in 1979, and Mario Andretti, who joined the team from Lotus. Bruno was able to outperform former World Champion by the spurt at the finish of the season. He finished 4th in Montreal at the penultimate round of the Championship, while at the last race of the season – Caesar’s Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas – Giacomelli was 3rd achieving the only podium in his F1 career. This scale model of Bruno’s Alfa Romeo 179 was issued in Fabbri Alfa Romeo Sport Collection.
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