Sauber and Alfa Romeo have announced they will remain in partnership until at least the end of the 2021 season.
Alfa Romeo rejoined Formula 1 back in 2018 after agreeing a multi-year ‘technical and commercial partnership’ with Sauber which led to the full rebranding of Sauber to Alfa Romeo ahead of the 2019 season.
That agreement will remain in place for the 2021 campaign and, to mark this news as well as Formula 1’s return to Imola, Alfa Romeo will be running a special one-off livery for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The Italian flag will feature on top of the roll-hoop and on the rear wing endplates.
Frederic Vasseur, team principal of Alfa Romeo, said: “The extension of our relationship with Alfa Romeo is a true statement of intent from both parties.
“In Sauber, Alfa Romeo found a committed, performance-driven partner to which they could entrust their brand: we are honoured to carry the heritage and past success of Alfa Romeo in our name.
“Both parties always intended for this relationship to bear fruit in the long term: we have laid some solid foundations in the last three season and we aim to reap the rewards of this work in 2021 and beyond.”
The journey continues: Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport extend their partnership to compete in Formula One together. 🤝
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) October 29, 2020
Michael Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, added: “Racing and performance are at the core of Alfa Romeo’s DNA.
“The brand was practically born on a racetrack and today we continue to compete at the most technologically advanced level of motorsport.
“The partnership with Sauber Group also allows our customers to benefit from exclusive racing know-how, as it is the case of the all-new Giulia GTA and GTAm, which incorporate Sauber Engineering’s technical input particularly as it relates to advanced aerodynamics.”
Alfa Romeo are yet to confirm their driver line-up for the 2021 season but Sky Sports reported during the Portuguese Grand Prix that they are expecting both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi to remain team-mates next year.