Sauber team up with Alfa Romeo for F1 2018

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Sport -

Alfa Romeo will re­turn to For­mula One for the first time in 30 years after reach­ing a multi-year agree­ment with Sauber, which could also have im­pli­ca­tions on their re­la­tion­ship with Fer­rari.

The Swiss team, which has strug­gled fi­nan­cially for a number of years, will be re­branded as Alfa Romeo Sauber from 2018 after a tech­ni­cal and com­mer­cial part­ner­ship was agreed last week. The Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer will have their logo car­ried on the car, al­though it will still be pow­ered by year-old Fer­rari en­gines. Sauber also strug­gled with re­sults in 2017, fin­ish­ing last in the Con­struc­tors’ Cham­pi­onship, with all five points com­ing from Pas­cal Wehrlein — who is not guar­an­teed a seat next sea­son with Sauber still yet to con­firm their driver lineup. How­ever, the ar­rival of the Alfa Romeo part­ner­ship could see them strengthen their ties with Fer­rari, with both of the Ital­ian mar­ques com­ing un­der the Fiat um­brella.

Fer­rari have sup­plied Sauber with en­gines since 1997, bar­ring a few years when they turned to BMW, and that re­la­tion­ship will con­tinue next year. Fer­rari, whose main spon­sor San­tander pulled out of both their eight-year team spon­sor­ship as well as their grand prix ti­tle and track­side brand­ing for the last 11 years, have been vo­cal in their threat to pull out of F1 them­selves if the pro­posed 2021 engine reg­u­la­tions aren’t al­tered to favour their ap­proach to the sport.

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