Sauber will continue to run their cars with Alfa Romeo branding beyond this year following the announcement today of a new agreement.
Team principal Frédéric Vasseur said the manufacturer has been “an incredible companion over the last few years, and we are even more excited about the chapters that are yet to come.”
Vasseur sees the sweeping changes to next year’s technical regulations as “the chance to make another step forward and I firmly believe we are perfectly placed to make big gains together.”
The new deal will be assessed on a year-by-year basis, Alfa Romeo confirmed. It is believed to cover the next three years.
Vasseur said extending the partnership will provide opportunities both for Alfa Romeo to help Sauber’s recovery and for Sauber’s engineering expertise to feed into their road cars.
“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.”
Alfa Romeo is part of the Stellantis automotive group, made up of 14 brands from the Fiat-Chrysler and Peugeot Groups, which merged at the turn of the year.
CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said that the Sauber partnership and engineering opportunities offered would strengthen their pathway towards electrification. “As an historic Italian automotive brand, Alfa Romeo was born on the race track.
“Today we are proud to continue honouring 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.”
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