Alfa Romeo returns to Formula 1 after three decades

29 November 2017: Alfa Romeo returns to Formula 1 after an absence of more than 30 years. The brand has signed a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement with Swiss Sauber F1 Team for participation in the Formula 1 world championship beginning with the 2018 season. The single-seaters will sport the distinctive colors and logo of Alfa Romeo, the team’s Title Sponsor, and will be equipped with 2018 Ferrari power units.

The official name of the team will be Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team and the scope of the agreement includes strategic, commercial and technological cooperation in all applicable areas of development; including access to engineering know-how and the expertise of Alfa Romeo technical staff.

The return of Alfa Romeo is expected to contribute significantly to the appeal and future development of the sport. The brand is known for its racing heritage and technological excellence and has a cult following amongst race enthusiasts.

Alfa Romeo participated in Formula 1 from 1950 to 1988, both as a constructor and engine supplier. Immediately upon its debut, it won the first two drivers’ world championships, in 1950 and 1951, with drivers Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio. From 1961 to 1979, Alfa Romeo participated as engine supplier to several F1 teams. Following its return as a constructor in 1979, Alfa Romeo achieved its best result in 1983, taking sixth place in the constructors’ championship. More than 30 years after withdrawing as a competitor from Formula 1 (1985), the brand is returning with the clear intention to make its mark. 

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