Alfa Romeo has confirmed that it will end its partnership with Sauber, which runs its Formula 1 team, after the 2023 season.
Sauber have raced under the Alfa Romeo identity since the start of the 2019 season and recently extended their partnership with the Italian manufacturer to the 2023 championship.
However, Audi has today announced that it will enter the 2026 F1 as an engine supplier for an as-yet-unnamed chassis construction. Sauber is widely rumored to be the team Audi is considering joining.
Alfa Romeo owner Stellantis has announced today that it will end its partnership with Sauber following the end of the 2023 season.
“Alfa Romeo has announced a long-term plan to return to F1 in 2017, and in July 2022 announced the decision to continue its partnership with Sauber for 2023, both with promising results in the first half of the season. In terms of performance, marketing and positive cooperation with the team,” Alfa Romeo said.
As the brand faces an economic and industrial transformation in 2022, Alfa Romeo will now evaluate the many possibilities on the table and decide which one will be the best to maintain its long-term strategy and brand positioning. He said.
The 2019 season marked Alfa Romeo’s first return to the Formula 1 grid since 1985. Over the next three and a half seasons, the team scored a total of 129 points and finished eighth in the Constructors’ Championship. twice before falling to ninth in 2022.
The team has changed its driver line-up for the 2022 season, replacing both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi with Valtteri Bottas and rookie Zhu Guanyue. Alfa Romeo is currently sixth in the Constructors’ Championship with 51 points, 16 behind Haas and fourth behind McLaren on 44.
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