“There is no rush” when deciding on the future of Formula 1

“There is no rush” when deciding on the future of Formula 1


(Motorsport-Total.com) – Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato says the company is “in no rush” to make a decision on its long-term future in Formula 1.

Will the Alfa Romeo brand remain in Formula 1 despite leaving Sauber?

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Alfa Romeo announced last month that it will end its sponsorship deal with the Sauber team at the end of the 2023 season, before the Swiss team is expected to join forces with Audi.

Alfa’s announcement came on the same day that Audi confirmed its intention to enter Formula 1 in 2026. Alfa can only stay in Formula 1 beyond 2023 if it can reach an agreement with a Ferrari-powered team, so Haas is the only option for now .

Alfa Romeo wants to take its time when making a decision

The only other option would be to team up with an outsider who agrees to a power unit partnership with Ferrari, such as Andretti. Alternatively, the company may also look at other categories such as Formula E or WEC.

Like other manufacturers, Alfa Romeo is also moving towards electric cars, which may affect the decision about the future of motor sports. “I’m open to everything”, says Imparato to ‘Motorsport.com’. “By the way, it’s time that gives me the opportunity to look at everything without pressure. That’s what I have.”

“And I would say even if we have to make a decision before the end of the year, we have a few weeks and months to see how the business is going and also to decide in a calm environment.”

Alfa Romeo is satisfied with the Sauber partnership

“So I’m in no rush. Everything is on the table I’d say. I’d like to find a better compromise between the motorsport DNA and the EV shift that you see.”

“What I’m trying to do is find a connection between my story and the important step I need to take. And I would say it’s not obvious, between the DNA story and the switch.”

While refusing to comment on Sauber’s expected deal with Audi, Imparato said the timing of announcing the 2023 deal was to provide “clarity” about the involvement.

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“The need for transparency seems very important. So what I wanted to send as a message was very simple. First, I am extending the contract with Sauber Engineering for 2023 for one reason – we are happy with them.”

“Not only on the business side, because on the business side I probably have the best return on investment in the whole paddock. But also in the way we work together. We work on special editions, but we also have special events together with the GTA. owners and common car owners. We are happy to be together.”


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“The second message: never forget that I have an annual contract with Sauber Engineering with an annual evaluation. And I can choose to leave at the end of July every year.”

“The third message: 2024 will be the first year that I will launch a 100 percent EV version for Alfa Romeo. So since we cannot plan for three months, I need to plan beyond that.”

“So I said, people, we need to start a new chapter in our history, a new chapter in our adventure, beyond the story with Sauber and motorsport, and we have to benefit from that context, to make it clear. And that was the feeling of our communication.”

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When asked if the WEC project is an option for the future, Imparato insists that anything is possible: “Nothing is certain for 2024, nothing. Today I am focusing on 2022 and 2023. In the coming months, I can say that we will be ready. open reflections and studies for 2024 , 25 and 26.”

“And I will come back to you the day I feel I have something that matches my DNA and Alfa Romeo’s Italian performance. I have to be consistent – Italian performance, that is for me the Alfa Romeo Signature.”

He adds: “It is very clear, to make it clear once again, that if we want to remain in Formula 1, we will never race with any engine other than Ferrari.”