We love having so many iconic brands in F1. The more, the merrier, and one of the most known names on the grid are here to stay several more years. Alfa Romeo has announced a multi-year agreement with Sauber to continue using the name with their F1 team.
The deal, which will be evaluated with “yearly assessments”, means Alfa Romeo will continue to be in F1 past 2021. With a new set of regulations being introduced from next year, both Alfa Romeo and Sauber hope this extension on the existing agreement will “make a substantial step forward” for the team.
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) July 14, 2021
Alfa Romeo has a long history in F1. They rejoined the grid back in 2018 after a 30-year absence from the championship, working on a multi-year technical partnership with the Sauber team. However, they fully rebranded to Alfa Romeo from the 2019 season and haven’t looked back.
“We are delighted to be announcing the extension of this partnership.” Alfa Romeo’s Team Principal Frederic Vasseur said about the news. “Alfa Romeo has been an incredible companion over the last few years, and we are even more excited about the chapters that are yet to come.
“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 keeping moving towards the front of the grid.”
This new contract is also not strictly F1-based. Sauber Motorsport and their technology division will be helping Alfa Romeo with the development of their road cars too. We love it when a good thing comes together!
Both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi currently race for the Alfa Romeo team, however, both are out of contract at the end of the season.