The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
ABOUT THE BRAND
The Alfa Romeo brand has been in and out of Formula One as far back as the championship history is concerned. The outfit participated as both a constructor and engine supplier between the 1950s and 1987 and later as brand partner in 2015. Alfa Romeo boosted the presence of driver line ups which included the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio (1951) and Niki Lauda (1977 – 1978) which amassed fourteen podium finishes and two race victories for Lauda.
On the other hand, the Sauber F1 team is a Swiss based outfit which has used engines for both Mercedes, Ferrari and BMW in the early years of its arrival in Formula One. The Sauber team is the fourth longest serving Formula One team after Ferrari, McLaren and Williams, having joined the series in 1993 as a debutant at the South African Grand Prix.
The Sauber F1 team owner, Peter Sauber has at one point sold the team to BWM and later came back to reclaim his stake in the team. The F1 outfit is known for nurturing young driver talent including the likes of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. The team is generally a mid table outfit with their best championship position of number four registered in 2001. Their best race results was when Sergio Perez came home second at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2012. The Sauber team mostly used custom made Ferrari engines for a lengthy period of time after the departure of BMW.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 outfit is based in Minwil, Zurich, Switzerland and their team principal is Frédéric Vasseur. In 2015, the Alfa Romeo logo started appearing on Ferrari cars as a strategic commercial partner, but later in 2017, after meeting FIA requirements, the team announced itself as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for the 2018 championship and beyond.
The team has currently acquired an engine branding and sponsorship deal with Alpha Romeo at the beginning of the 2018 F1 season and beyond.
2020 Driver Line up: