The extension of the partnership between Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport establishes a solid scenario where the present and the future nestle into a shared vision, the endless pursuit of efficiency and sustainable performance on and off the track, adding the electrification factor.
Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 commented: “We are delighted to be announcing the extension of this partnership. Alfa Romeo has been an incredible companion over the last few years, and we are even more excited about the chapters that are yet to come.
“The new regulations are giving us the chance to make another step forward, and I firmly believe we are perfectly placed to make big gains together. We are looking forward to our future together and to keeping moving towards the front of the grid.
“This relationship is also very important for our company as a whole, beyond the track: the work we have done in the automotive world has shown the extent of the technology and manufacturing skills of Sauber Engineering and we are confident we can continue working for Alfa Romeo on new and exciting projects that will shape the future of the car industry.
And the future seems to be as close as tomorrow when the series will give the world a first glance at its new era from 2022 onwards.
Ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend, the series unveils on Thursday a full-scale model of the 2022 Formula One car at an event that will take place in the Silverstone circuit.
History has embraced the British racetrack, where memorable duels and glorious moments in motorsport have taken place.
WHERE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE MEET
Silverstone served as host for the inaugural Grand Prix of the first-ever Formula One World Championship in 1950.
Italian driver Giuseppe Farina took victory at the wheel of the iconic Alfa Romeo 158, becoming the first driver to win the World Championship.
It was an incredibly successful year for the car manufacturer, dominating every race of that first season, collecting victories with drivers Farina and five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
Since 1950, the series has changed, evolved, adapted to new regulations, drivers, teams, leadership while facing challenges on and off-track - the ongoing global pandemic is a clear example.
For those involved in the sport one way or the other, the passion remains, and every racing weekend is a new opportunity to celebrate Formula One.
Speaking about the extension of the partnership, Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO Alfa Romeo said: “As a historic Italian automotive brand, Alfa Romeo was born on the racetrack. Today we are proud to continue honoring that racing DNA by placing it at heart of the future of our Brand.”
Imparato outlined: “We are driven by passion and excellence. Formula One represents a cutting-edge laboratory for the future electrification of our range, fully coherent with our vision for the coming years.
“Furthermore, Motorsport brings the incomparable global exposure we wish to leverage for a successful future.”
In a recent interview with Sports Pundit, Alfa Romeo, Head of Trackside Engineering Xevi Pujolar, elaborated on the main changes to the Formula One aerodynamics package for next season.
“The aim of the new regulations is to reduce a lot the aero loads as well as to restrict the areas of development of the car. In this way, it should be easier to follow a car they should have less load, and therefore all the competitors will be much closer together. So, we can talk about a real competition rather than having huge gaps among the top teams, midfield, and the tail light,” Pujolar explained.
Adding: “On top of this, there will also apply a new regulation for the tires, the [Pirelli] 18-inch tires.
“When you have a change in compounds, it will take the teams some time to learn about the new tires, also giving the teams an opportunity to be more competitive whoever understands quicker the new tires.”
That same year, Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc made his debut as a full-time Formula One driver in style, scoring 39 of the 48 points the squad achieved that season.Since 2019, the young driver earned a seat with Scuderia Ferrari.