Formula 1 2016: Sauber May Become Alfa Romeo

Sauber F1 Team May Become Alfa Romeo

As the fourth oldest active team in Formula 1, it would be a shame if Sauber folded amid swirling rumors of the team’s financial turmoil. Now, however, a new rumor is emerging that a savior for Sauber has been found. Namely, Ferrari, who may adopt the Swiss team as a de-facto “junior” squad with Alfa Romeo badging.

In better days, Sauber was the team that brought Mercedes-Benz back to Formula 1, won a Grand Prix as the BMW werks team, and delivered so many thrilling drives from Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez that the latter earned a spot, briefly, as McLaren’s bright new star. Lately, though, the only reasons that Sauber makes headlines are bad ones: financial struggles, failure to make payroll, missed test dates, lack of development, etc. Most recently, it was rumored that Sauber might not even make it to the Chinese GP.

Similarly, Alfa Romeo also has a storied history in Grand Prix racing- and Scuderia Ferrari actually began as an Alfa Romeo team way back in 1929. As Alfa brought Ferrari to Formula 1, Ferrari bringing Alfa Romeo back would make for a terrific story!

Check out the artist’s rendering- from GrandPrix 24/7- at the top of the page, then let us know how you think the return of Alfa Romeo would impact the future of Formula 1 in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

Source | Images: GrandPrix 24/7.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.