Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport are continuing their Formula 1 working agreement, and they announced on Wednesday a new multi-year deal with yearly options.
Officials from both organizations believe that F1 car changes for 2022 coupled with the sport’s new budget cap will give the team a chance to steadily climb up the Formula 1 ladder. The Alpha Romeo team of drivers Kimi Rakkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi is currently eighth in the F1 Constructors’ Standings—the same position that it finished in the 2020 campaign.
“As an historic Italian automotive brand, Alfa Romeo was born on the race track,” said Jean-Philippe, CEO Alfa Romeo. “Today we are proud to continue honoring that racing DNA by placing it at heart of the future of our brand. We are driven by passion and excellence. Formula 1 represents a cutting-edge laboratory for the future electrification of our range, fully coherent with our vision for the coming years. Furthermore, motorsport brings the incomparable global exposure we wish to leverage for a successful future.”
Alfa Romeo’s presence in F1 will play a key role for the manufacturer on its path-to-electrification. It is also a main global marketing platform and a platform for technology transfer from race cars to production cars and special projects, such as the development of the Giulia GTA and GTAm, the latest sedans by Alfa Romeo.
“We are delighted to be announcing the extension of this partnership. Alfa Romeo have been an incredible companion over the last few years, and we are even more excited about the chapters that are yet to come,” said Frederic Vasseur, team principal for Alfa Romeo. “The new regulations are giving us the chance to make another step forward and I firmly believe we are perfectly placed to make big gains together. We are looking forward to our future together and to keeping moving towards the front of the grid.
“This relationship is also very important for our company as a whole, beyond the track. The work we have done in the automotive world has shown the extent of the technology and manufacturing skills of Sauber Engineering and we are confident we can continue working for Alfa Romeo on new and exciting projects that will shape the future of the car industry.”
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