Alfa Romeo has a long history of success in Formula One, in which it raced, as a constructor as well as engine supplier, from 1950 to 1988 and, in 1950 and 1951, won the drivers’ championship with Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio respectively.
Finally, thank to technical and commercial partnership with Sauber, next year, the historic Italian car manufacturers will return to Grand Prix racing. The team will race under the name Alfa Romeo Sauber from next season carrying the Alfa Romeo logo and being powered by the 2018 Ferrari engines.
“We are very pleased to welcome Alfa Romeo to the Sauber F1 Team.” commented the chairman of Sauber Holding AG, Pascal Picci, “We are confident that together we can bring the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team great success, and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who is also CEO of parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said: “This agreement with the Sauber F1 Team is a significant step in the reshaping of the Alfa Romeo brand, which will return to Formula 1 after an absence of more than 30 years. A storied marque that has helped make the history of this sport, Alfa Romeo will join other major automakers that participate in Formula 1. The brand itself will also benefit from the sharing of technology and strategic know-how with a partner of the Sauber F1 Team’s undisputed experience. The Alfa Romeo engineers and technicians, who have already demonstrated their capabilities with the newly-launched models, Giulia and Stelvio, will have the opportunity to make that experience available to the Sauber F1 Team. At the same time, Alfa Romeo fans will once again have the opportunity to support an automaker that is determined to begin writing an exciting new chapter in its unique, legendary sporting history.”
Ilona Catani Scarlett