Car maker Alfa Romeo will end its collaboration with Sauber after next season. The Italians announced this before the Belgium GP. Bang effect in Formula 1! The Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo and the Swiss racing team Sauber are going their separate ways after the next season.
This was announced by the Italians in the run-up to the Grand Prix in Spa, Belgium. Until the end of 2023, however, Sauber can still rely on Alfa's services. Sauber is currently fitted with Ferrari engines. It is questionable whether this will remain the case after the end of the partnership with Alfa Romeo.
A decision on whether to continue the Ferrari-Sauber cooperation is still pending.
The statement says:
“Alfa Romeo communicates that its partnership with Sauber Motorsport will end within the end of 2023,” the company said.
“Alfa Romeo announced its return in F1 in 2017 with a long term plan, and in July 2022 has announced the decision to continue its partnership with Sauber also for 2023, given to the promising results of the first half of the season, both in terms of performances, marketing and positive collaboration with the team.
“Since the economic and industrial turnaround of the brand will be achieved in 2022, Alfa Romeo will now evaluate among the many opportunities on the table, and decide which will be the best one to sustain the long term strategy and the positioning of the brand”.
According to rumors, carmaker Audi will take over the majority of the shares in Sauber. The Germans will enter Formula 1 from the 2026 season. They announced this on Friday. With the commitment, which costs hundreds of millions of euros, you want to show off your technical superiority.
The promotionally effective radiance of Formula 1 only really unfolds if it is successful. “Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA,” said Duesmann. “Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and a highly challenging development laboratory.
The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved. After all, Formula 1 and Audi both pursue clear sustainability goals”.
Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali is also happy about the commitment: "This is a great moment for our sport, which underlines the enormous strength that we have as a global platform that continues to grow. It is also a great recognition that our step to sustainably operated hybrid engines in 2026 is a future solution for the automotive sector."