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Alfa Romeo returns to F1 as Sauber announces branding and technical deal

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The Alfa Romeo name is returning to Formula One as Sauber has announced a new technical partnership with the Fiat-owned brand which will begin next year.

Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, Yas Marina, 2017
Alfa Romeo will brand Sauber’s team in 2018
Sauber’s Ferrari engines will be branded as Alfa Romeo units from 2018. The team will carry the Alfa Romeo logos and be branded as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.

Fiat CEO and Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne said the deal is “a significant step in the reshaping of the Alfa Romeo brand, which will return to Formula One after an absence of more than 30 years.”

“A storied marque that has helped make the history of this sport, Alfa Romeo will join other major automakers that participate in Formula One,” added Marchionne. “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.”

Sauber chairman Pascal Picci saiud the team is “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.”

Alex Caffi, Osella, Silverstone, 1987
The last Alfa Romeo-engined F1 car raced 30 years ago
The team has not yet announced who its drivers will be.

Alfa Romeo contested the first world championship Formula One season in 1950 and its cars were driven by the first world champions, Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio. The latter gave the manufacturer its final outright win in the 1951 Spanish Grand Prix.

It pulled out when Formula Two regulations were introduced for the world championship in 1952. Although Alfa Romeo engines appeared in a few cars in the intervening season it wasn’t until 25 years later that the manufacturer returned officially, with Brabham.

It scored two wins with the team in 1978 before splitting to form its own factory squad. However after seven win-less seasons Alfa Romeo called time on its F1 project, though versions of its last turbocharged F1 engine remained in use until 1987.

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  • 103 comments on “Alfa Romeo returns to F1 as Sauber announces branding and technical deal”

    1. Calling it now. That will be the best livery next season.

      1. Funny enough, i might actually be a tad sad to see the excellent livery Sauber had this season dissapear @hahostolze, since they really made a great effort after years of bland cars!

        1. Haha, well it’s all in the idea of the beholder. Personally really liked this year’s but adored the yellow blue one of 15 and 16.

        2. Wow

          The Sauber livery was subpar and befitting of a junior fomula.

      2. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
        30th November 2017, 1:56

        Smart from Sauber – I can’t wait to see the livery. I’m not sure I understand where Haas is heading though. I would have expected Haas to sport a livery that reminds us of either Ferrari or US colors. From a branding perspective, Haas is Haas, which has zero branding.

        If they sported US colors, I’d expect some American companies to at least feel some desire to sponsor them. Even European sponsors might have sponsored them since the US is such a huge market for them.

        1. @freelittlebirds Haas is a absolutely massive company. They advertise Haas because that is who helps pay the bills. To sport us colours would takeaway the Haas branding. Haas Automation is the largest machine tool builder in the western world, manufacturing a complete line of CNC vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes, and rotary products. Therefore your argument makes no sense.

    2. Great news this. Sauber has great facilities from its BMW times, it just needs more funds. Having a rebadged but current Ferrari engine and FIAT funds as a main sponsor will be such a shot in the arm. The field might just be about to get far more competitive. Leclerc in a good car in his rookie season, that’d be ideal.

      1. @hahostolze Exactly. I’m so exited for next season. The 2 teams that lagged behind most (Sauber & McLaren) will move up in the pack. If Honda gets its act together Torro Rosso could be competitive as well. A big if there, still.

        Realistically we could have 5 teams fighting for podiums and 4/5 teams fighting for top 10 positions!

        1. And i think there will be a world of difference between STR and all other teams.
          STR is the new Sauber.

        2. It will be 5 teams fighting for top 10 places, 4 teams can only fight for 8 places :-)

      2. Hmm. Looks promising enough. Williams should be worry then, it could be Red Alfa Romeo with Martini livery in 2019.

        1. Unless there’ll be Porsche in the grid in 2021

          1. @ruliemaulana holding out hope for McLaren TAG going up against Red Bull TAG-Heuer.

            Or Red Bull TAG-Heuer?

            1. no, I mean, or Red Bull – TAG?

    3. I’ll probably go against public opinion here and say that is a bit sad. Having one of the sports historic icons reduced to a b-team branding for ferrari. Probably good for sauber though.

      1. I’m sorry, but “one of the sports historic icons” here, Sauber, is no more an historic icon than Minardi was, and Minardi was erased from the grid, since they’re not called that anymore. Sauber will still be Sauber. Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, sure, but still Sauber.

        1. @rahnarlsmenves Dude i’m Talking about Alfa Romeo, the team that dominated the First two seasons of the formula One World Championship.

          1. I also thought you were referring to Sauber.

            Yes, I agree with you. But this is just the beginning. Who knows how this will develop and how deeply involved Alfa Romeo engineers and designers will become. Perhaps in a few seasons time it really will be an Alfa Romeo team rather than a rebadged Ferrari. Either way, I only see this as good for the sport. And a massive boost for Sauber.

            Hopefully this also means we get Giovinazzi alongside Leclerc.

          2. ‘Historic’ is the give away.

      2. It keeps them on the grid. What would’ve been sad is for them go the way of Manor. This is a very positive deal for the team.

      3. I guess we can see the irony in AlfaRomeo returning as a Ferrari b-team after Ferrari itself grew out of their own Ferrari ran racing team when they quit the sport @mrboerns!

        I just hope that they get both Ferrari junior drivers who will be pushing to get that Alfa Romeo to results that inspire.

        1. @bascb Ferrari could become an ‘independent’ engine supplier if they retract their team!

      4. Yep. Although I’d rather have Alfa in F1 than not, it’s still a rather sad way of it happening. And…

        “branded as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team”

        *sigh*. Kids these days. What’s wrong with “Sauber-Alfa Romeo”? In a way, that makes it worse. We know it’s not really an Alfa engine, but fair enough: Ferrari have a long history of building engines for their sister marques. But putting the name in the traditional sponsor’s position just rubs it in as a marketing excercise. If “Brabham-Alfa” was good enough for Bernie…

        1. You can’t mention Bernie anymore, haven’t you heard?

        2. Even with “Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team” as the name of the entry, the constructor could still be “Sauber-Alfa Romeo”. When BMW were in with Williams, the entrant was “BMW Williams F1 Team”, but the constructor name was “Williams BMW”. And then of course there was “Honda Marlboro McLaren” back in the day, among others.

          1. Indeed that it how it is. Although I’m surprised they didn’t call the entry ‘Scuderia Alfa Romeo Sauber’

        3. I don’t believe Ferrari have ever produced a race engine for Alfa, So this will be a first as far as I know. On track as on the Rd Alfa will not be allowed to challenge Ferrari. So I must say I’m not particularly excited.

        4. But putting the name in the traditional sponsor’s position just rubs it in as a marketing excercise.

          but…that’s pretty much what BMW did last time out.

    4. Quite a bummer for Pascal if he isn’t in the 2018 lineup. There’s no doubt that the team is on the way up after this partnership. It’s suddenly not as depressing to drive for them anymore – They have Vassuer running the show with 2018 engines and a technical partnership with Ferrari. Sauber as a team, has demonstrated more F1 competence than the Haas and Toro Rosso, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them finish the season in 8th or higher in the WCC, followed by Haas and Toro Rosso in last.

      1. Let us hope that the team will have two inspiring drivers in Leclerc and Giovanazzi (sorry Markus, not quite at the required level to impress, you’ve had your time) so that they can really do that great brand a favour in building a team that helps rebuild its status.

        If they keep Ericsson, the weaker of their two current drivers, that would be a huge shame indeed.

        1. Instead of emotionally fuelled thinking, why not use your head, take into account what has happened on track this (and previous) season and analyse the observations?

          First – There would not have been a Sauber team this season were it not for Ericsson’s sponsors who stepped in and paid outstanding salaries and debts in May last year, then assumed ownership. Thus the only way you will get rid of Ericsson is if Ferrari buy out Longbow Finance – a possibility I pointed out in July – or if Ericsson is moved to a better position.

          Second – It came as something of a surprise when Ocon got the nod ahead of Wehrlein for the Force India seat a year ago and look at Ocon now! This is an indication that Wehrlein too is a very talented driver and would do well in a better team.

          Third – The Wehrlein – Ericsson pairing is the most evenly matched on the grid with the smallest separation of all in average qualifying times, 0.049 seconds over the whole season (Bottas was 0.331 s adrift of Hamilton, Räikkönen 0.275 behind Vettel and the second closest pairing, that of Perez and Ocon, were divided by 0.074 seconds).

          Fourth – Further analysis shows that on at least three occasions, Ericsson’s final Q1 run was ruined by yellow flags when he was well placed to overhaul Wehrlein’s mark.

          Fifth – There are three tracks that above all indicate how good a driver is and those are Monaco, Spa and Suzuka. At least that’s what former drivers say. In Monaco, Wehrlein was 0.117 quicker but at Spa Ericsson was 0.465 s ahead and at Suzuka Ericsson had an advantage of 0.288 s.

          Sixth – If you recall how Rosberg managed to beat Hamilton in qualifying last year – losing one kg of leg muscle to gain 0.04 s over a lap – and figure in that Ericsson at 75 kg against Wehrlein’s 65 kg loses 0.4 seconds per lap, it’s quite clear that of the two, Ericsson is actually the superior, better driver.

          Seventh – BBC have already said that it’s Leclerc and one of either Giovinazzi or Ericsson. I really do wish Wehrlein gets the Williams’ drive, he deserves it, but he may be too good for Daddy Stroll to accept…

          Now, it’s between Ericsson and Giovinazzi for the final seat. As Italy do not have an F1 driver, Alfa Romeo is an Italian brand plus the uncertainty over who now hold title to Sauber, Longbow or Fiat, I suspect Giovinazzi will get the race seat and Ericsson will move up to Ferrari reserve driver. As Ericsson has been measured against highly fancied Kamui Kobayashi, Felipe Nasr and now Pascal Wehrlein and not been found wanting, he certainly has the experience Ferrari require.

          And wouldn’t it be ironic if either Vettel or Kimi miss a race or two next year…

          1. Eight – sack them both

          2. For once it wasn’t me trying to reflect how close they have been. I knew that the average qualifying gap would be incredibly tight and I’ve said most of the year that I thought they could well be about the closest matched team mates on the grid. I think Ericsson has what it takes to deserve to remain in F1. I think I’d rate him about 16th on the grid. But I would only rate Wehrlein one place ahead I think. Wehrlein and Ericsson have really similar pace (as in it sometimes is good, sometimes not so). Ericsson just has made mistakes more often. He’s took himself out 3 times during the race, but then Sainz has done that too as well as causing 2 other drivers to retire. He just hasn’t been as bad as many seem to suggest.

            As Wehrlein is overall better, I can see why people think he is more deserving of a seat in F1, but if Sauber had to decide between the 2, the choice is obvious really because of Ericsson’s money. That is a huge bonus. As far as pay drivers go, Ericsson has been better than most recent ones. Just so people don’t think I always favour Ericsson, I used to think he was the worst driver on the grid in 2014 and half way through 2015. He’s just improved a lot since then.

      2. @todfod Torro Rosso has already shown they can bounce back and build a pretty competitive car. The same is yet to be seen from Haas, having had a quite bad sophomore year. I fear Haas will end 2018 last. Or at least it will be a more interesting battle between the backmarkers.

        1. @spoutnik

          Torro Rosso has already shown they can bounce back and build a pretty competitive car.

          I’m sure they can bounce back… but can they bounce back when they’re crippled with a Honda power unit? I highly doubt so. My money is on Toro Rosso finishing 2018 in last place.

          1. @todfod I hope not! If Torro Rosso is last, it means that McLaren’s chassis was really that good and we’ll see them on the podium by the end of the year. Otherwise Torro Rosso will remain in the midfield and McLaren will have some homework to do. In either case next year will be interesting :)

          2. I’m sure they can bounce back… but can they bounce back when they’re crippled with a Honda power unit?

            Different circumstances but that’s pretty much what team Brackley did in 2009 after the disasterous chassis Honda head the previous year

            1. @davidnotcoulthard
              They succeeded because they got rid of the Honda engine. If anything, it can prove that McLaren can bounce back strong.

            2. If anything, it can prove that McLaren can bounce back strong.

              @todfod yeah, would be a good thing to hope for.

              Not sure Honda would’ve lost in 2009 though with such a brilliant chassis – if anything the drop-off at the end of the season (or at least that’s how I recall it) might’ve not happened, though maybe the early-season highs wouldn’t have been so high.

      3. @todfod, Sauber have had a technical partnership with Ferrari for years now – they’ve been leasing their wind tunnel facilities to Ferrari since 2010, not to mention further links through Sauber’s use of Ferrari’s power unit and gearboxes. Fiat might be prepared to expand this relationship a bit, but it does sound partially like rebadging the existing relationship between Ferrari and Sauber as now being between Alfa Romeo and Sauber.

        1. As Marichionne mentioned it’s a commercial and technical partnership. From which I could only assume that they’re getting the 2018 engines at a reduced price, probably with some more sponsorship money from the Fiat group. They’ll have a young driver program for Ferrari and gain the quintessential B team status.

          The only reason I think Ferrari will give them more help than expected is because the Alfa Romeo brand needs to perform well in Formula 1. There is no way Marchionne would want it finishing at the back of the grid. So honestly, I think there’s more at stake for the Fiat group here and I expect more help from them than simply a rebadging job.

          1. According to some Italian media Alfa Romeo is starting to build a technical bureau midway from Hinwil and Maranello (probably in Milan, its hometown in the old offices). It will be fully operative in about 2 years and it will be responsible for all of the motorsport of the brand.

    5. I want to be excited about the technical tie up but as evidenced by Manor in 2016 with Mercedes and to some degree Haas, it just means a shuffle of 1-2 places in the midfield rather than anything dramatic.

      Livery should be fantastic.

      1. Very good pint RB13.
        As for the livery, im not holding my breath, as past history shows (Mclaren) it could be average at best

    6. It might give Ferrari a hand in the next round of regulation changes, since now they have 2 teams with full R&D facilities to attack on multiple fronts, especially for the aerodynamics.

      1. @goondu86 Though that would beg the question of why Red Bull don’t (at least) seem to be using said power too much

    7. Now for Giovinazzi and Leclerc please, will be interesting to see the 4 rookies Gasly, Hartley, Giovinazzi and Leclerc battle it out next year. I imagine Sauber and TR will be competitive with each other unless the Honda is absolutely dire again.

      1. >unless the Honda is absolutely dire again.
        Made me chuckle

        1. They’ll be Dire on the straights for sure!
          (I apologise for that pun above)
          For the 1st time in 3 years, I actually enjoy making fun of Honda without feeling secretly depressed about McLaren/Alonso.

          1. @todfod Judging by Alonso’s cars in the past (and what their makers came up with after ALO’s departure) though this seems a good time for Honda to finally make a half-decent engine

      2. Spoiler: LerClerc will outperform them all.

        1. +1. Different breed.

        2. Totally, great driver and potential.

        3. I can’t wait to see how much he can bring out of that car !

    8. I hope they keep Werhlein. I do think he deserves to be on the grid based on talent.

    9. Good to know their future is secured – current engines, title sponsor, improving team structure. A far cry from the team that was hanging on by its nails during Monisha’s era.

      It would be good to see the driver pairing that emerges for the Sauber team, and where the team start to compete relative to Haas (as the other Ferrari customer).

      Unless Honda pull off a big success, it seems like Toro Rosso are destined to be going backwards in the team standings in 2018.

    10. Fantastic news, Peter Sauber’s legacy will continue on. Alfa/Ferrari will bring much needed power to bring Sauber back in the mid field. Lets see what will happen with the drivers…Wehrlein deserves a better car for sure!

    11. Great news, particularly for Sauber who I were starting to fear for in the last couple of years.
      With McLaren and Renault potentially moving up out of the midfield and Sauber potentially moving up into it, 2018 already promises much closer competition!

      1. yeah, it would really be nice to see everything get closer. And we can still hope that Williams will have Kubica to push them towards keeping the team inside that tight pack too.

        I also hope that Haas can make a step forward, they should be getting those brakes under control now in their first year, and both Grosjean and Magnussen have shown that they can give us exciting racing.

      2. @swh1386 who’s going to bring up the rear though? (sort of reminds me of 2009 now)

          1. +1. Hartley is likely to start with some penalty in almost all the races.

          2. @phylyp you mean…again?

            seriously though, in 2009 I recall Toro Rosso to still look some kind of midfield themselves. Maybe the same for next year, 9 years on from 2009?

            Either that or maybe Sauber’s going to start the season on the back foot, then battle RAI for the win come Spa? :p

            1. @davidnotcoulthard :-)

              those years when Toro Rosso ran current-spec Ferrari or Renault engines, I thought they’d be a comfortable midfield team. Then the current turbo era happened, and they’ve had a run of poor engines – year-old Ferrari ones, Renault, and now Honda.

              Somehow, I get the impression that either Dietrich Mateschitz is not too committed to two teams in the long term, so is hoping for some manner of an exit strategy – either a Honda buyout of Toro Rosso (once Honda get their powertrain act together), or an Aston Martin buyout of the Red Bull team itself towards the end of the decade.

    12. Great news not only for the tifosi but also for the motorsport fans in general. Alfa is such an iconic brand with huge popularity outside Italy. It will be good for F1 to have Alfa back even though we all know that’s basically a Ferrari PU but who cares the two brands are historically linked. Enzo used to race Alfa Romeo cars with the prancing horse badge.
      I hope this will be the first step for Alfa Romeo to return to F1 as an independent team. Marchionne made it clear BTW, this will be possible if Alfa will sell more cars (Giulia,Stelvio).

    13. I think the honeymoon period for Haas is over. Renault is increasingly competitive, McLaren switching to Renault should jump them back up the order, and now Sauber is getting the much needed financial backing that has kept them down the order.

      I think Haas is looking at last place for next year, and I don’t think they’ll want to go the added expenditure it would take to fight that and will probably withdraw.

      1. Forgetting about Toro Rosso, @philipgb ? Even with a better Honda, I still don’t see Toro Rosso having a more complete package than Haas next year.

        1. I think you are also forgetting the marketing impact they are enjoying from being in F1. They are certainly not just sitting there assuming they’ll be last either. They’re in the game, so will be trying their hardest as we speak to improve, and will be excited for next year as who knows what it holds, but as I say in the meantime they are gleaning global brand exposure, as are all the teams.

          1. Further to that, they might be (probably are) excited at what F1 holds for them in the coming seasons now that it is Liberty in charge, who have been saying all the right things and have only just barely begun to put their twist in the F1 plot.

        2. @godoff1

          If I’m honest I did yes.

          That’s a tough one to call but I think you’re right even with an improved power unit, given McLaren couldn’t beat Haas this year the odds are against Toro Rosso.

          There’s still a chance though.

      2. Not to mention the two most action packed drivers on the grid, they are getting all the marketing and exposure they need. Go Haas !

    14. In keeping with the tradition of signing 3 drivers, Sauber have signed 3 engine suppliers for 2018

    15. I was always wondering why Sauber refused a works deal with Honda and that it was a suicidal move, but I bet something was going on behind the scenes, in the end Vasseur ain’t that stupid and it might end up much better for the team sticking with Ferrari rather than Honda and their useless power units.

    16. Odd to see the team that was born with Mercedes and achieved success with BMW now badged as Alfa Romeo.

      1. No odder than Tyrell -> BAR Honda -> Brawn -> Mercedes

      2. Not nearly as odd as the team named Renault, which used to race against Toleman and Lotus, and is now their successor despite never merging with either of them (and don’t get me started on the 2011 season, when they were Lotus and raced against Lotus).

        1. 2011 yeah that was ridiculous

        2. Lotus Renault vs Lotus-Renault

    17. Not sure where this leave HAAS now? Out in the cold?

      1. I think Haas wanted to run as their own team, and not as a Ferrari B-team. Maybe Ferrari asked Haas to run some of their junior drivers, while Gene/Guenther wanted to field more experienced drivers, to support their marketing efforts.

        Now whether Haas’ current driver line-up is actually better than those for a Ferrari B-team (e.g. LeClerc) is a matter of debate :-)

      2. @ AS: Probably. If I remember correctly, Gene Haas said if they won’t be winning races after 5-10 years in F1, they failed. So, it seems Haas are here to stay and aim high, therefore cannot play it as a B-Team. B-Teams barely get even podiums… but wins?! HAAS is a completely new team, they still have to “learn” F1 and it’s OK to ask for “help” from others until they find their way, but it’s a must to ditch Dallara and start building their car on their own at some point. I hardly believe they’ll be more than a midfield team (fighting for low points at max) if they ask others to build their car.

    18. Good news. Please, can we now have 3 new competitive teams? #fullgrid

    19. Is this just a branding exercise though? I mean, they still use an old Ferrari engine, it´s still a Sauber, this is not Alpha running their own team any more than it is Tag running their own team with Redbull.

      Well, let´s see, anything at this point is positive for Sauber, they are dying a slow death at the moment so let´s see if a cash injection from Fiat will get them on their feet.

      1. Mercedes only got back into F1 by re-branding an existing engine then team. No relation to the old Mercedes F1 team at all.

      2. Do you think that Alfa Romeo would put its name on an F1 car when they expect the car to be lagging a lap behind the rest of the grid? Marchionne doesn’t seem to be the type that would put up with that for long – while risking to damage the reputation of one the most iconic Italian car brands.

        It’s starting to become pretty clear: Vasseur is a man with a plan. This is more than just a branding exercise, but part of the way upwards for the long term.

        1. I think that plenty of big brands put their names up alongside lost causes all the time. Anyone that sponsored Maclaren in the past 3 spring to mind.

          Alfa does have a reputation in the uk and that is ¨expensively unreliable¨, ¨never buy a second hand alpha¨ etc…

          They dont have a great reputation as it is.

          I am still not seeing any evidence at all to substantiate this return of a winning team or ¨the way upwards for the long term¨ as you put it.

          The only facts are that Alpha are putting their name alongside Sauber and perhaps there might be some technical staff from Alpha getting involved, perhaps.

          It´s no different to Tag´s association with Redbull at this stage.

          1. Firstly it’s ‘Alfa’.

            I can’t disagree that they’ve had a bad reputation although, reliability-wise. that’s been harsh for the last 20 years. The new cars are fantastic. FIAT are really working hard to promote Alfa at the moment and get their cashflow going again.

            There is no way on earth they will allow that car to languish at the back. Alfa have a very very proud racing heritage and FIAT will want to protect that, Ferrari will help them into a good position I feel next year. They may not be blazing a trail and challenging Mercedes for wins but they will certainly not be a McHonda replica…

            1. Secondly, it’s ‘McLaren’

    20. Sauber have not had this new money to spend on next year’s car. 2018 cars start the design process in Feb/March. They will get a boost from latest engines but chassis will not be great. Name and livery change still means the back of the grid thereabouts next year. 2019 will be the 1st proper season for them.

      1. Yes, although don’t forget they had 2016 engines this year. The change to 2018 engines should bring them forward, and consider Toro Rosso have Honda, so they will probably go backwards. But you are right in saying this is nothing to do with Alfa Romeo.

      2. But they would have the money to have improvements every race so you should see sauber getting better every race.

    21. Ferrari junior team, so perhaps Wehrlein won’t be driving next year either.

    22. Grazie Alfa Romeo… Finally someone has put an Alfa on the right course! After boring period of fwd cars they are now getting back to the ”good old days” and the cars that real fans want :) Bravo!
      Now just put the Guilia in the WTCC and we get the full package…

      1. No, it’s WTCR and Alfa have Giulietta for customers

    23. Good news I think. What engine will they have, new or old-spec?

    24. I would loved it to be Maserati instead since they also is inside Fiat group. Mayby too close to Ferrari.

    25. Overall great news, IMO. But with all of that new Fiat/Chrysler/Ferrari cash, why would they still need Ericsson? I’ve never been impressed with his talent level and it seems a shame that he’ll be keeping more deserving drivers from getting the seat.

    26. Board meeting: ‘Okay…. so we need to improve Alfa Romeo’s image. I propose we just slap the name and logo onto what we already have. People are gullible enough to buy that, right?’

      Well. It’s being reported, so I guess so.

    27. Any idea what year engines these will be? 2016 ferrari engines, 2017 ferrari engines or 2018?

      1. @socksolid
        The new Alfa Romeo Sauber car will be powered by the latest 2018 Ferrari power unit

    28. Finally Chrysler in F1

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