Merger locations Alfa Romeo’s F1 future unsure – report

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Alfa Romeo’s time in Formulation 1 could be numbered relying on choices above following the merger between Fiat and Peugeot. 

The model’s title returned to the game in 2018 as a sponsor for Sauber earlier than the crew was renamed Alfa Romeo Racing in the beginning of the 2019 season.

Whether or not that can stay the case sooner or later is now unclear with Fiat, Alfa’s homeowners, merging with Peugeot to type new carmaker Stellantis.

In response to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, the sporting actions of the model’s falling below their possession is to be reviewed within the close to future.

“Within the plans of the brand new international auto big, which is able to come up from the merger between FCA and PSA, there can even be a redefining of the sporting actions of the group’s manufacturers,” the Italian publication said.

“It can begin with the Biscione (Alfa Romeo’s emblem), which has been a sponsor of the Sauber-Ferrari crew since 2018.

“Whether or not the historic model stays in Formulation 1 will depend upon the brand new industrial plans deriving from the merger that was introduced on January 4 after greater than a yr of negotiations.”

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Whereas Alfa Romeo being pulled out of the game wouldn’t essentially imply the Sauber crew would go away the grid too, crew principal Frederic Vasseur stated that the help from the Italian model is “essential” for the outfit following the announcement that the partnership would proceed for 2021.

“That is essential for us,” he informed Motorsport.com.

“I don’t need to speak in regards to the monetary aspect of the matter, though it actually performs a job. Nevertheless it’s additionally the motivation {that a} crew will get and the very fact you’ll be able to entice extra folks and let the corporate develop for the long run. We want this type of inside motivation.

“The truth that Alfa Romeo, the primary World Champion in F1 historical past, needs to develop co-operation with us will not be solely a reward but additionally the subsequent step for our firm.”

The crew is, in some ways, a feeder crew for Ferrari in its present type, with the Scuderia supplying their engine and a driver in Antonio Giovinazzi, and in a position to swap him with one other one among their abilities in the event that they select.

Provided that, it will be of their greatest curiosity for the Alfa Romeo title to remain on the grid going ahead.

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