Alfa Romeo and Sauber extends F1 deal

Alfa Romeo will continue their partnership with Swiss Formula 1 team Sauber, it has been revealed.

An extra season has been added to the agreement, during which the team will continue to be referred to as Alfa Romeo Racing.

The Italian car manufacturer, which recently celebrated its 110th anniversary, struck a deal with the team in 2017, claiming the naming rights in 2018.

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal at Alfa Romeo Racing and Chief Executive of Sauber Motorsport, explained: “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.”

The Frenchman added: “Both parties always intended for this relationship to bear fruit in the long term: we have laid some solid foundations in the last three seasons and we aim to reap the rewards of this work in 2021 and beyond.”

The Sauber Engineering firm has also had a hand in the production of Alfa Romeo’s Guilia GTA and GTAm sports automobile models.

“Racing and performance are at the core of Alfa Romeo’s DNA,” said Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Mike Manley. “The brand was practically born on a race track and today we continue to compete at the most technologically advanced level of motorsport.

“The partnership with Sauber 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.”

The Swiss team currently sit in eighth place in the world championship on five points, ahead of the grand prix in Imola this weekend.