The Italian car manufacturer, part of the FIAT Chrysler Automobiles Group (FCA), signed a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement with the Swiss F1 team Zauber and will participate in the Formula One World Championship starting next season.
The announcement states that the cars will be wearing distinctive colors and the logo of the Alfa Romeo brand, who are the main sponsors of the team and will be equipped with Ferrari engines. The signed arrangement represents an agreement and includes strategic, commercial and technical cooperation in all possible areas of development, including the access to engineering expertise of Alfa Romeo’s technical staff. The partnership will also provide additional opportunities for the two organizations both in Formula 1 and the automotive industry in general. The official title of the team will be the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
Sergio Marconi, the first FCA man, said the agreement with the Formula 1 team Sauber represents a significant step towards getting the Alfa Romeo brand to return to Formula 1 after a break of more than 30 years. With this, Alfa Romeo will join other major carmakers who are taking part in Formula 1. The brand will also benefit from the exchange of technical and strategic practical knowledge with an undisputedly experienced partner such as the Zauber team.
A champion gets back into the race
Namely, the Italian manufacturer is known for its racing heritage. An unbeaten champion of the pre-war Grand Prix competition (in 1925, GP Tipo 2 dominated the first World Championship), Alfa Romeo participated in the Formula 1 competition from 1950 to 1988 as a designer and engine manufacturer.
Immediately after its debut, Alfa Romeo won the first two world championships for drivers, in 1950 and 1951, with drivers Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio. Sauber did not reveal who will be racing for their team in 2018, but with their bond with Ferrari growing every day (Ferrari cars carry the Alfa Romeo logo on their cars), it is safe to assume that Charles Leclerc (who became the F2 champion recently) and Antonio Giovinazzi might be the most logical choices. More than three decades after retirement from Formula 1 (1985), Alfa returns with the intention of leaving its mark on the track again. We should expect to see very exciting things for this company and some amazing racing in our recent future.