Sauber appoint new managing director

Date published: March 7 2022 - Sam Cooper

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 logo. Spain, February 2022.

The parent company of Alfa Romeo’s Formula 1 team, Sauber, has appointed Alessandro Aluni Bravi as its new managing director.

It is a step up for Bravi as he was previously part of the behind-the-scenes structure at the company and has also held a position on the supervisory board.

The move strengthens his ties to the company as he also operates as a director of Islero Investment, the company that owns the Sauber collection of companies.

He took to his social media channels to announce his new position and said he was “delighted.”

“I am delighted to announce my new position as Managing Director of Sauber Group, which operates the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN,” he wrote.

“It’s an honour to take on the challenge of leading an organisation with the successful history of Sauber.

Bravi went on to say he would meet the challenge with “hard work, passion and dedication.”

“I am aware also of the responsibility that comes with leading a team of more than 500 people, a commitment I will meet with hard work, passion and dedication.

“I’d like to thank all those who have been by my side these last years, making it possible for me to achieve this next step. There is much work ahead but I’m excited to begin this new adventure.”

Bravi has experience in both motorsport management as well as driver management and has represented Mercedes Formula E driver and ex-F1 racer Stoffel Vandoorne since 2017.

 

He has also had stints with the Coloni Formula 3000 and Trident GP2 teams.

With a background in law, Bravi has already worked with Alfa Romeo F1 team principal and Sauber CEO Frederic Vasseur having provided legal counsel when Vasseur founded the ART Grand Prix in 1991.

Vasseur will remain in his position as Sauber CEO and Alfa F1 team principal and Bravi’s new role comes a few months after ex-Sauber chairman Pascal Picci resigned.

The first task facing the pair is ensuring Alfa Romeo hits the ground running for the 2022 season.

The team have recruited veteran Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes alongside rookie Guanyu Zhou as they look to improve on their ninth-place finish in the Constructors Championship last year.