Alfa Romeo's Formula One car will be sporting a whole new look in the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix. The Alfa Romeo C43 F1 2023 will have a Kick-inspired paint job, along with the names of some of the industry's most renowned artists carved onto the halo. Felix "xQc," Hikaru "GMHikaru," WestCOL, and Deepak are among them. The news quickly spread across the streaming community, and many individuals voiced their opinions on it. With new neon green highlights and extra branding, the team's Alfa Romeo C43s driven by Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu will stand out on the Spa grid this weekend. Kick, a platform for live video streaming, has amassed over 10 million users in only 7 months. The company plans to compete with existing streaming services by giving its authors a 95-5 income split from subscribed users. Canadian streamer xQc, who inked an exclusive agreement for up to USD 100 million and attracted over 400,000 subscribers to his Kick platform, is one of the company's most prominent signings.
F1 Hungarian Grand Prix: Zhou Apologises for Hungary Incident
Zhou Guanyu expressed deep regret for his role in the first-lap incident that marred the Hungarian Grand Prix, and the Alfa Romeo driver explained what went wrong for him. Despite an unexpected fifth- and seventh-place qualifying showing for Alfa Romeo in the F1 Hungarian GP, both drivers—Guanyu and Bottas—finished outside the points due to a poor beginning to the race. An accident did occur involving the Chinese racer.
Anti-stalling measures caught Guanyu off guard, and in his haste to regain ground, he braked late, colliding with Daniel Ricciardo, who in turn collided with Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly. Both the Alpine drivers retired from the Hungarian Grand Prix due to damages sustained in the incident.
Zhou received a five-second penalty from the stewards for provoking a collision, and the contact also damaged the front wing of his vehicle.
F1 Hungarian Grand Prix: Race Result
After Max Verstappen won the 2023 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull now holds the record for most consecutive wins with 12. The Milton Keynes squad broke McLaren's record of 11 straight race victories established in 1988 with their 12th straight victory. Norris finished second and rising gun Oscar Piastri finished fifth on Sunday, making it another great day for McLaren. Lando Norris almost edged off Sergio Perez, who had started eighth on the grid but completed a third-place finish.
With a 33-second margin of victory, Red Bull became the first team to win 12 consecutive races. McLaren advanced to fifth position in the Constructors' Championship thanks to Oscar Piastri's fifth-place finish and Lando Norris' second-place finish. Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon had crashed out of the race at the first turn owing to some pinball activity.
Although Alfa Romeo was quick all weekend, neither Alex Albon nor Valtteri Bottas got any points since they finished 11th and 12th respectively. Anti-stall contact cost Bottas and his teammate Zhou Guanyu places at the start, which contributed to the accident that totalled both Alpines on the first turn.