Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport will also compete together in the season 2020 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The partnership between two of the most famous brands in motorsport goes back to the year 2018. At that time, Alfa Romeo joined the traditional Swiss racing team as the title sponsor. In the three years that have been contested together since then, the Group has achieved important results. 2018 and 2019 occupied the group in eighth place in the annual ranking. In the current Formula 1 season there is another fight for this position. In keeping with its strong competitive spirit, Alfa Romeo has accepted the challenge again.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Director Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “The extension of our partnership with Alfa Romeo is a strong declaration of intent from both sides Parties. In Sauber, Alfa Romeo has found a committed, performance-oriented partner to whom the brand can be entrusted. We are honored to carry on the legacy and success of Alfa Romeo on our behalf. Both partners were always interested in a long-term cooperation. We have laid a solid foundation over the past three seasons. Now we want to harvest the fruits of this work in the year 2021 and beyond. “
Mike Manley, CEO Fiat Chrysler Autos (FCA): “Racing and the will to perform are at the core of Alfa Romeo’s DNA. The brand was practically born on a racetrack, and we are still present on the most technologically advanced diploma in motorsport. The partnership with Sauber also enables our customers to benefit from the team’s exclusive racing know-how. This applies, for example, to the new models Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm, in whose technological development Sauber Engineering was involved, in particular changed into the advanced aerodynamics. ”
Special paintwork off special occasion
To celebrate the extension of the partnership between Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport, the two Formula 1 racing cars Alfa Romeo ORLEN C 39 at the Emiglia Romana Grand Prix next weekend to show a special paint job. The race takes place in Imola, an important arena for Alfa Romeo and the Italian motorsport tradition alike. The assembly designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo honors the fans with an Italian flag on the upper part of the engine cover and on the end plates of the rear wing. This graphic goes perfectly with the regular Tempo-Pixel painting of the two cars in the season 2020.
In addition, this is exclusive Ticket to the – Alfa Romeo’s anniversary in a prominent place, also on the engine cover . Next to it is the lettering “Welcome assist, Imola”, which indicates the return of the iconic race track to the Formula 1 calendar and its importance for Italian racing. From touring cars to sports prototypes to Formula 1, Imola was also the scene of important Alfa Romeo successes.
Alfa Romeo and the Sauber Neighborhood – a technical and commercial partnership
The partnership between Alfa Romeo and the Sauber Neighborhood goes beyond racing. Part of the cooperation is also to transfer the racing know-how of Sauber Engineering to the technology of series vehicles of the Alfa Romeo brand. The focus is on the competence of Sauber in the fields of engineering and aerodynamics as well as in the production of composite materials.
Alfa Romeo already has its partner Sauber Engineering with the production of the carbon fiber components for the special models Giulia GTA and Giulia GTAm commissioned, which have influence on the aerodynamics. These include, for example, the redesigned front bumper, the adjustable front splitter, the side skirts, the diffuser below the rear apron, the small rear spoiler of the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and the large rear wing of the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm. The aerodynamics of the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm can be adapted to different characteristics of the racetrack by means of the manually adjustable entrance and rear wings, according to the requirements of the driver.
The aerodynamic tests in the wind tunnel were not limited to the body, but also included the underbody, which, like the standard top model Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, is completely covered. Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm also benefit from a newly developed air extraction system, which increases the vehicle’s downforce and thus ensures excellent road holding, especially at high speeds. The aerodynamic components of the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm build up about twice as high downforce in the maximum position as the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA achieves. Compared to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which previously set the benchmark in the segment, the value for downforce even triples.
Alfa Romeo looks on 110 Years of racing history back
One year after the founding of “Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili” on 24. June 1910 the brand made its official debut in the world of motor racing by winning a regularity race in Modena. Since then, Alfa Romeo has collected numerous victories and other top placings in many international championships. The connection between Alfa Romeo and Formula 1 is an integral part of motorsport history. The Biscione – as Alfa Romeo is called in Italy in reference to the snake in the company coat of arms – won 1950 the first ever organized formula -1 race and the title in the same year. Nino Farina was at the wheel of the Mammoth Prix racing car Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 “Alfetta” world champion. 1951 Alfa Romeo works driver Juan Manuel Fangio repeated this success with the further developed Tipo 159 “Alfetta”.
Confirmation of Alfa Romeo’s involvement in Formula 1 for the season 2021 is also the ideal way to celebrate the 110. To continue the brand’s birthday.