Alfa Romeo returns to F1 after 30-year hiatus
Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo has confirmed it will be returning to Formula 1 racing for the 2018 season. The brand will sponsor the Sauber Formula 1 team, starting from the 2018 season, to strengthen the link between the Swiss F1 team and the Fiat Chrysler Alliance. FCA owns both Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, which supplies engines to the Sauber team.
CEO of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, described the partnership as a "multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement."
The Sauber team will continue to use Ferrari engines and will run two drivers – Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson. Leclerc first tested with Ferrari, and commented: "I am very happy to be entering Formula 1 in 2018."
For Ericsson, 2018 will mark his fifth season in F1 and his fourth with Sauber. "It is a great honour for me to be driving for this team in 2018, and I am excited and proud to be part of this promising journey," he said.
Sauber chairman Pascal Picci said: "Alfa Romeo has a long history of success in grand prix racing, and we are 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."
Alfa Romeo had a long history in Formula 1, but pulled out of the sport as a constructor in the 1985 season. Its contributions to the sport ended three years later, after it took its name off the engines it had provided.