(Motorsport-Total.com) – Shortly after the announcement of Audi’s entry into Formula 1, Alfa Romeo, the original sponsor of the Sauber team, officially announced that it will no longer work with the Swiss racing team after the current contract expires. the end of 2023 to expand.
Alfa Romeo will withdraw as title sponsor of the Sauber team at the end of 2023
A decision that was not surprising. Audi did not officially confirm on Friday that it will acquire a majority stake in Sauber and thus enter Formula 1; But the fact that Audi CEO Markus Duesmann gave his first TV interview in front of the Sauber car house can be seen as a clear sign.
Therefore, by 2026 at the latest, there will be no more room for the Alfa Romeo brand at Sauber. Now the Italian carmaker hopes to separate and will finish in 2023.
“Alfa Romeo,” it said in a release, “will now evaluate the many options that are on the table and decide which one is the most suitable to ensure the long-term strategy and position of the brand.”
That sounds as if one could consider a change of flight to another team, possibly also as a sponsor of the title. As of today, it can only be guessed which teams are eligible. Interesting: Former Alfa driver Antonio Giovinazzi will soon make his first Friday practice for Haas.
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Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said in July that he was “not blind” to Audi’s interest in buying Sauber. He said at the time, “We’re not going to change our business model. If one day someone tries, whatever, we’ll make the decision we have to make.”
The previous partnership with Sauber was successful. “The year 2021 was profitable for Alfa Romeo for the first time in years,” Imparato said. “I have so many opportunities. When you are a brand like Alfa Romeo, which has been around for 112 years, the world is open to us.”