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Alfa Romeo and Sauber F1 partnership renewed for 2023

Alfa Romeo and Sauber F1 partnership renewed for 2023

Alfa Romeo and Sauber F1 partnership renewed for 2023

Alfa Romeo has renewed its Formula 1 partnership with Swiss-based Sauber for next season, Alfa Chief Executive Jean-Philippe Imparato said on Friday.

“I have signed the renewal for 2023 this morning,” Imparato said, adding that Formula 1 was a “school of excellence” and part of its DNA for Alfa Romeo, a brand of Stellantis, the world’s fourth largest carmaker.

“Every year in July we assess the situation. If in the future we realise we are not interested any more (in Formula 1) or we don’t have returns on our investments, we’ll see what to do, but everything will be done in an orderly way,” Imparato explained.

Sauber, who own and run the team under the Alfa name, are controlled by Islero Investments who are in turn linked to Swedish billionaire Finn Rausing.

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“For the moment it (the Sauber partnership) is a fantastic, common vision,” Imparato told The Race this month. “If one day something else occurs, it will not be a problem.

“We will develop ourselves in another way, in another world, always based in motorsport, for Alfa Romeo,” he claimed.

Alfa Romeo’s current drivers are Finland’s Valtteri Bottas and China’s Guanyu Zhou.

(Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari/Alan Baldwin)