Exciting motorsport news! Alfa Romeo has announced it is to return to Formula 1 for the first time since 1985. The iconic Italian outfit has signed a deal with Sauber, thus strengthening the already firm link between Ferrari and the Swiss based Sauber – a sister brand of Fiat owned Alfa Romeo.
Both Fiat and Ferrari are headed up by the same boss, Sergio Marchionne. He described the arrangement as a “multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement”.
Sauber Alfa Romeo – as the new team will be known – is expected to offer a seat to hotly tipped Ferrari protege, Charles Leclerc for the 2018-19 season.
The second car will be taken by either Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi, or current driver Marcus Ericsson.
Sauber chairman Pascal Picci said: “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.”
The Alfa Romeo logo featured on this season’s Ferrari cars but the partnership with Sauber will be the brand’s first proper involvement as a factory team since the 1985 season.
Alfa certainly have a pedigree, the first two F1 titles were won by the Italian outfit in cars driven by Farina and Fangio. Ferrari themselves originally began life as an offshoot of Alfa before starting to race their own cars in 1947 after the two parties fell out.
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