Sauber Motorsport and Alfa Romeo have announced that they have renewed their Formula One partnership until the end of 2021 season.
Sauber partnered with Alfa Romeo in 2018 before extending their deal in 2019 which saw Sauber rebranded as Alfa Romeo Racing with Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi driving for the team across both 2019-20 seasons, replacing Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc who moved to IndyCar and Ferrari respectively.
To celebrate the renewal of this partnership, both Alfa Romeo cars will sport a special one-off livery at Imola this weekend for the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, in which the Italian flag will be displayed on top of the roll-hoop and rear end plates as Alfa Romeo continues to celebrate its 110th birthday year.
Speaking on the decision, Alfa Romeo Racing Team Principal, Frederic Vasseur described this extension as a “true statement of intent” on the parts of both Sauber and Alfa Romeo and is honoured to be carrying “… the heritage and past success of Alfa Romeo in our name.”
Vasseur also confirmed that it was the intention of both parties “… for this relationship to bear fruit in the klong term: we have laid some solid foundations in the last three seasons and we aim to reap the rewards of this work in 2021 and beyond.”
As part of this partnership, Raikkonen and Giovinazzi will test drive Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia GTA and GTAm models at the team’s development track in Balocco, Italy, providing technical feedback to help fine-tune the cars of which Sauber Engineering are entrusted to produce carbon components.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Mike Manley spoke of Raikkonen and Giovinazzi conducting test drives as an opportunity for “… our customers to benefit from exclusive racing know-how, as it is the case of the all-new Giulia GTA and GTAm, which incorporate Sauber Engineering’s technical input particularly as it relates to advanced aerodynamics.”