Sauber F1 cope with Alfa Romeo ends after 2023, paving approach for potential Audi partnership
Sauber has competed in Components 1 as Alfa Romeo since 2018, with the Italian automaker serving as each title sponsor and technical associate of the Swiss race staff.
That deal will come to finish after the 2023 season, Alfa Romeo introduced on Friday, simply hours after Audi stated it plans to enter F1 in 2026.
Audi will enter motorsport’s high echelon as an influence unit provider but in addition as a associate of an present staff whose identification will probably be revealed later this 12 months. It has been extensively speculated Audi is about to associate with Sauber, one thing that is trying ever extra possible with information Audi’s head of improvement for the brand new F1 energy unit, Adam Baker, labored with Sauber when the staff raced with BMW within the years 2006-2009.
2022 Alfa Romeo C42 Components 1 race automotive
Alfa Romeo’s return to F1 in 2018 got here after greater than 30 years away from the game, with the automaker beforehand serving as each a constructor and energy unit provider. Nevertheless, the present setup sees Sauber provide its personal chassis and Ferrari provide the facility items.
Alfa Romeo hasn’t stated whether or not it plans to exit F1 simply but. Alfa Romeo in its assertion stated its “financial and industrial turnaround” targets for its model will probably be achieved in 2022, and that it’s going to now consider numerous choices it has on the desk for supporting its model sooner or later.
It is not clear whether or not Alfa Romeo’s determination will have an effect on the present driver lineup on the staff, which consists of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu. Each drivers have put in a powerful efficiency up to now in 2022, with this season being the primary for Guanyu in F1. The staff at the moment ranks sixth within the Constructors’ standings, forward of the likes of Aston Martin, Haas, and Williams.