Sauber F1 partnership renewed for 2023, says Alfa Romeo CEO

The Alfa Romeo title returned to F1 in 2019 as a part of a brand new partnership with the Sauber squad that noticed it take over the title sponsorship, in addition to having fun with technical crossover as a part of an prolonged partnership.

Whereas a long-term settlement has all the time been in place between the 2 events, this has been topic to annual critiques that sometimes happen throughout the summer time.

In response to Reuters on Friday, Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato revealed the deal to increase for the 2023 season has now been agreed.

“I’ve signed the renewal for 2023 this morning,” Imparato stated. “Yearly in July we assess the scenario. If sooner or later we realise we aren’t any extra [in F1] or we do not have returns on our investments, we’ll see what to do.

“However every part will probably be performed in an orderly means.”

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photographs

The crew provided no formal remark in response to the report.

The Sauber deal has allowed Alfa Romeo to take pleasure in producer recognition and branding ranges with out the monetary outlay different OEMs on the grid face, functioning with what Imparato referred to as a “twin governance” system in a latest interview with Motorsport.com.

“I believe I’ve the most effective return on funding on earth,” he stated. “That may be stunning. However I repeat that: I believe we have now probably the most return on funding on earth.

“We invented with our colleagues from Sauber a brand new enterprise mannequin the place there’s a twin governance between us. We all know completely, we are saying that Frederic [Vasseur] is managing the crew for the reason that starting, and we didn’t derail, even when we lived some tough occasions.

“As Alfa, I am supporting them and activating every part I can so as to help that growth. The step was for me, we have now to progress yr on yr, race after race, even when we’re struggling in some instances, and that is it.”

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The Alfa Romeo crew has loved an upswing in type this season, bouncing again from three tough years to seek out itself now often preventing for factors. The Swiss-based squad sits sixth within the constructors’ championship, having already scored near quadruple as many factors as within the entirety of final yr.

Sauber has been linked with a attainable buyout by Audi as a part of its plans to hitch the grid, however Imparato was not involved about any curiosity within the crew. 

“Each yr we are going to make the purpose, we are going to resolve for the following yr,” he stated.

“I am not a part of a long-term lock-in dedication on something, doing 5 years maybe, and so on. So to be clear, any negotiation on the engine, any negotiation and something by way of partnership is led by Fred Vasseur and Sauber, in the most effective pursuits of Sauber.

“The most effective pursuits of Alfa Romeo is to have the return on funding every yr, and the progress by way of efficiency every yr. That is it.

“The remaining is totally, I’d say, separate.”

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