In 2018, after a hiatus of 30 years, Alfa Romeo F1 team made a triumphant return to Formula 1, forging a partnership with Sauber from Switzerland. For the 2023 season, the team’s driver lineup features Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou. Alessandro Alunni Bravi serves as the team representative. Alfa Romeo continues to utilize a Ferrari engine for the current season, maintaining their collaboration with the renowned Italian automotive manufacturer.
In 2021, Alfa Romeo faced a setback in the battle for the eighth position against the Williams team, resulting in the squad of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi settling for a ninth-place finish in the championship. Ultimately, the team, particularly disappointing in the second half of the season, accumulated thirteen championship points. Despite the modest 2021 season, the team strategically shifted focus early on to the 2022 car, recognizing the constraints of their relatively modest budget, which remained below the cost cap, now set at $140 million.
Alfa Romeo’s 2022 Resurgence: A Racing Legacy Renewed
Moving into 2022, Alfa Romeo secured a sixth-place finish in the constructor’s championship, tying with Aston Martin. Notably, the team’s standout performances contributed to a total of 55 points, with Valtteri Bottas earning 49 of them.
Early History Alfa Romeo holds a significant place as one of the founding teams in Formula 1. The Italian racing team made its debut in the first Grand Prix in 1950 but participated for only two years before discontinuing its Formula 1 activities at the end of 1951. Despite the brief stint, those two years were remarkably successful, with Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio both clinching World Championships as Alfa Romeo drivers. Following this period, Alfa Romeo continued to supply engines to other teams, including Brabham and McLaren.
1980s Adventure In 1979, Alfa Romeo returned as a constructor only to exit again in 1985. During those seven seasons, the team faced limited success, garnering a mere 37 points and numerous retirements. Although occasional podiums were achieved, Alfa Romeo’s return in the 1980s didn’t witness more triumphs than sporadic second and third-place finishes.
Alfa Romeo made its second return to Formula 1 in 2018, initially as the title sponsor of the Sauber Formula 1 team. The following year, Alfa Romeo took over the Sauber team, leading to its full rebranding as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1.
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