It has been announced today that Italian marque Alfa Romeo will return to F1 as a title sponsor of Sauber.
It had been widely speculated that the Italian company would make a return to the sport as sister team to Ferrari, of sorts. Today it has been confirmed that the Swiss team Sauber F1 will be renamed ‘Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’ from 2018.
The cars will wear the Alfa Romeo badge and run 2018 spec Ferrari engines, hopefully meaning they will be able to push some of the other teams a bit more than recently.
Sergio Marchionne 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.
It is also speculated that Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc will drive for the team and partner either Marcus Ericsson or Antonio Giovinazzi.
Sauber chairman Pascal Picci commented:
Alfa Romeo has a long history of success in grand prix racing, and we are very proud that this internationally renowned company has chosen to work with us for its return to the pinnacle of motorsport.
Working closely with a car manufacturer is a great opportunity for the Sauber Group to further develop its technology and engineering projects.
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.
It’s great to see an old name back in F1, good luck to all involved!
Jay Daniels – @jaydaniels_