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Alfa Romeo returns to F1 with Sauber

It has been rumoured for sometime, but today the Sauber F team have confirmed they have agreed a multi year technical and commercial partnership with Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo, the partnership see’s Alfa Romeo return to the pinnacle of motorsport in Formula 1 after an absence of over 30 years.

From 2018 the Sauber team will be renamed Alfa Romeo Sauber F1, with the Formula 1 car also bearing the famed Alfa Romeo logo and being equipped with 2018 spec Ferrari engines.

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of the FCA Group has long championed the return of the Italian marque to F1, “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 absense of more than 30 years” Sergio said, he went on to say “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.”

Pascal Picci, Chairman of Sauber Holding AG, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Alfa Romeo to the Sauber F1 Team. 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.”

There is no word yet on who will take the racing seats at Alfa Romeo Sauber F1, although Ferrari protege and Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc is expected to be confirmed as one, whether existing driver Marcus Ericsson retains the other seat for next season remains to be seen.

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