Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport continue partnership to compete in Formula One
for the 2021 Formula 1 season
Two of the most historical brands in the world of racing, Sauber Motorsport and Alfa Romeo, will continue their journey together until at least the end of the current era of Formula One regulations. A relationship that began in 2018 and has built the foundations for future growth will now stretch into its fourth year to further improve on its sporting success.
This announcement takes place on a special week as the Imola circuit, one of the spiritual homes of Italian motorsport, returns to the Formula One calendar for the first time in more than a decade. To celebrate both these occasions, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will sport a special, one-off livery emblazoned with the Italian flag on the top of the roll-hoop and on the rear wing endplates – a tribute to Italy and to Alfa Romeo’s unique racing heritage in the year of its 110th birthday.
The partnership between Sauber Group and Alfa Romeo extends well beyond the confines of the racetrack. Sauber Engineering, a branch of the Sauber Group, was involved in the design, development and manufacturing of Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia GTA and GTAm models, with team drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi test-driving the cars at Alfa Romeo’s development track in Balocco, Italy, and providing the marque’s engineers with technical feedback to fine-tunes the vehicles. Sauber Engineering’s manufacturing capabilities are also entrusted with the production of the Giulia GTA and GTAm’s carbon components, such as the new front bumper and adjustable front splitter, the side skirts, the diffuser, the GTA’s spoiler and the GTAm’s aerowing – a genuine transfer of know-how and production techniques from track to road.
The renewal of the partnership between Sauber Motorsport and Alfa Romeo reinforces the team’s stability and commitment to the future, while also highlighting its ambition for future success in Formula One.
Mike Manley, CEO FCA: “Racing and performance are at the core of Alfa Romeo’s DNA. The brand was practically born on a racetrack and today we continue to compete at the most technologically advanced level of motorsport. The partnership with Sauber Group also allows our customers to benefit from exclusive racing know-how, as it is the case of the all-new Giulia GTA and GTAm, which incorporate Sauber Engineering’s technical input particularly as it relates to advanced aerodynamics.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “The extension of our relationship with Alfa Romeo is a true statement of intent from both parties. In Sauber, Alfa Romeo found a committed, performance-driven partner to which they could entrust their brand: we are honoured to carry the heritage and past success of Alfa Romeo in our name. Both parties always intended for this relationship to bear fruit in the long term: we have laid some solid foundations in the last three season and we aim to reap the rewards of this work in 2021 and beyond.”
A special livery for an important event
On the occasion of the Imola Grand Prix, a symbolic place for both Alfa Romeo and the world of Italian motorsport, the brand celebrates this announcement and pays tribute to all its fans by showing the C39 single-seater with an exclusive livery created by the Alfa Romeo Style Center . The special livery will show the Italian tricolor in a straight flash on the upper part of the bonnet and on the end plate of the rear wing, which fades into the theme that distinguishes the new 2020 livery, called “speed pixel” and characterized by a linear graphic treatment and dynamic.
Also on the bonnet, in a prominent position, appears the exclusive logo for the 110th anniversary of Alfa Romeo, flanked by the words “Welcome back, Imola” which underlines the iconicity of the circuit, one of the most important in Italy. Imola was the scene of memorable Alfa Romeo victories in the three categories Touring, Sport and Formula 1.
Alfa Romeo and Sauber Group: a technical-commercial partnership
The partnership between Alfa Romeo and the Sauber Group is not limited to the sports sector: the collaboration makes it possible to transfer the technical skills of Sauber Engineering also to Alfa Romeo cars, taking advantage of the know-how of Sauber’s engineering and aerodynamics departments, as well as the its expertise in additive manufacturing and composite materials.
In addition, Alfa Romeo entrusts Sauber Engineering with the production of the largest number of carbon components for the Giulia GTA and GTAm, in particular those that affect aerodynamics. These include the new front bumper and adjustable front splitter, side skirts, extractor, GTA spoiler and GTAm aerowing. Thanks to the manually adjustable front and rear wings, Giulia GTAm is able to adapt the aerodynamic load to any type of track or road, perfectly responding to the requests and preferences of the rider. The aerodynamic development in the wind tunnel was not limited to the wing but also the underbody was tested which, as on the Giulia Quadrifoglio, is entirely faired. GTA and GTAm are also equipped with a new dedicated extractor capable of increasing the ground effect of the car and thus guaranteeing excellent road holding at high speeds. In particular, on the Giulia GTAm the aerodynamic configuration implemented is able to develop double the load compared to the Giulia GTA, and triple compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which previously represented the reference in its segment.
110 years of history on circuits all over the world
One year after its foundation, which took place on 24 June 1910, the Alfa Romeo brand officially made its debut in the world of motoring by winning the first regularity race in Modena. Since then, his sporting heritage has been further enriched with victories and podiums in various international championships. The link between Alfa Romeo and Formula 1 has written the history of motor racing: he wins the first Grand Prix and the inaugural edition of the highest category in motoring in 1950, with Nino Farina on board an Alfa Romeo Gran Premio Tipo 158 “Alfetta”, triumph repeated in 1951 by Juan Manuel Fangio on the Alfetta 159.
The renewal of this commitment is also the best way to continue celebrating the 110th anniversary of the Brand.