Alfa Romeo will continue a naming rights deal with Swiss-based Sauber for the 2021 Formula One season, they said in a statement on Thursday.
The Fiat Chrysler-owned brand has been a partner of Sauber since 2018, with the team renamed as Alfa Romeo in 2019.
“The extension of our relationship with Alfa Romeo is a true statement of intent from both parties,” said team boss Frederic Vasseur in a statement ahead of the weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.
“Both parties always intended for this relationship to bear fruit in the long 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.”
The team, currently eighth overall in the constructors’ championship, have yet to name their drivers for 2021. This year’s pairing is 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi.
However, the consensus in the paddock is that one of the two will make way for Mick Schumacher who is part of the Scuderia’s driver development programme run under the auspices of the Ferrari Driver Aacdemt (FDA).
Two of the most historical brands in the world of racing, Sauber Motorsport and Alfa Romeo, will continue their journey together until at least the end of the current era of Formula One regulations.
A relationship that began in 2018 and has built the foundations for future growth will now stretch into its fourth year to further improve on its sporting success.
This announcement takes place on a special week as the Imola circuit, one of the spiritual homes of Italian motorsport, returns to the Formula One calendar for the first time in more than a decade.
To celebrate both these occasions, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will sport a special, one-off livery emblazoned with the Italian flag on the top of the roll-hoop and on the rear wing endplates – a tribute to Italy and to Alfa Romeo’s unique racing heritage in the year of its 110th birthday.
The partnership between Sauber Group and Alfa Romeo extends well beyond the confines of the racetrack. Sauber Engineering, a branch of the Sauber Group, was involved in the design, development and manufacturing of Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia GTA and GTAm models, with team drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi test-driving the cars at Alfa Romeo’s development track in Balocco, Italy, and providing the marque’s engineers with technical feedback to fine-tunes the vehicles.
Sauber Engineering’s manufacturing capabilities are also entrusted with the production of the Giulia GTA and GTAm’s carbon components, such as the new front bumper and adjustable front splitter, the side skirts, the diffuser, the GTA’s spoiler and the GTAm’s aerowing – a genuine transfer of know-how and production techniques from track to road.
The renewal of the partnership between Sauber Motorsport and Alfa Romeo reinforces the team’s stability and commitment to the future, while also highlighting its ambition for future success in Formula One.
Mike Manley, CEO FCA: “Racing and performance are at the core of Alfa Romeo’s DNA. The brand was practically born on a racetrack and today we continue to compete at the most technologically advanced level of motorsport.
The partnership with Sauber Group also allows 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.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “The extension of our relationship with Alfa Romeo is a true statement of intent from both parties.
In Sauber, Alfa Romeo found a committed, performance-driven partner to which they could entrust their brand: we are honoured to carry the heritage and past success of Alfa Romeo in our name.
Both parties always intended for this relationship to bear fruit in the long term: we have laid some solid foundations in the last three season and we aim to reap the rewards of this work in 2021 and beyond.”