Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sauber rebranded as Alfa Romeo for 2019 F1 season

Sauber rebranded as Alfa Romeo for 2019 F1 season

However, for 2019 the name has been simplified to Alfa Romeo Racing, dropping the Sauber name which has been a part of the team's name since it made its debut under the ownership of Peter Sauber in 1993.

Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, and Antonio Giovinazzi will race for the re-branded outfit this year. Make no mistake: "with Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi on one side of the pit wall and Alfa Romeo and Sauber expertise on the other, we are here to compete". The new campaign gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix on 17th March. By the end of 2018, Sauber had gone from the back of the grid to fighting to be best of the rest in the hands of Marcus Ericsson and rookie Charles Leclerc - a driver who proved to be so good that he earned a promotion to Ferrari for this year.

Alfa Romeo has a long history in motorsport and first raced in official competition in 1911, one year after it was founded.

The team made progress as it ended last season in the eighth place in constructor championship, compared to the 10th spot in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. This is the case because of the fact that per the former Sauber team's title sponsorship agreement with Alfa Romeo, Ferrari had the right to select one of the team's two drivers.

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Alfa Romeo Racing team principal Frederic Vasseur expressed pleasure at announcing the update.

The Italian vehicle manufacturer returned to F1 last season after an absence of more than 30 years, signing a multi-year technical and commercial partnership with Sauber. "We're proud to collaborate with Sauber in bringing Alfa Romeo's tradition of technical excellence and Italian panache to the pinnacle of motorsport".

As a young driver racing for CMN (Costruzioni Meccaniche Nazionali), Enzo Ferrari caught the eye of auto manufacturer Alfa Romeo in 1920, for which he would supply not only his driving skills but also his engineering talent.

The Italian auto manufacturer dominated the early years of F1, with Giuseppe Farina winning the inaugural world title driving an Alfa in 1950, before Juan Manuel Fangio claimed the first of his five titles racing for the team a year later. Alfa Romeo had even been reduced to making a version of the Nissan Cherry which it offered as the Arna.

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