“Sergio Marchionne wants Alfa Romeo back in F1 and so do I! Who is Sergio Marchionne, though?”
Well, he’s the CEO of Fiat Chrysler, who own Alfa Romeo, and, unsurprisingly, he’s a man who knows what he wants and tends to get it. Witness the turn around in Ferrari fortunes following the changes he effected when he took control from Luca di Montezemolo.
I doubt many of today’s fans are fully aware of Alfa Romeo’s distinguished motorsport history, which began in 1911, or of what a worthy addition to today’s F1 they’d make. In the 1920s and ’30s, up to the 1934 advent of the allconquering Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union teams, the P2 and P3 Alfa Romeos were mainstays of the grand prix scene, driven by superstars such as Antonio Ascari (father of Alberto), Achille Varzi, Rudolf Caracciola and the legendary Tazio Nuvolari. Enzo Ferrari racked up some wins for Alfa Romeo, too, before he founded Ferrari as Alfa’s works team.
With the P2, Alfa won the 1925 constructors’ world championship, and the subsequent supercharged straight-eight P3 was the class of the field. In one of them, at the fabled Nürburgring in 1935, the great Tazio Nuvolari beat even the supposedly superior German Mercedes-Benz and Auto Unions at one of the greatest grands prix of all time.
But it wasn’t just in grand prix racing that Alfa Romeo shone. They won the Le Mans 24 Hours for four years in a row, as well as the