Sauber F1 has a new name: Alfa Romeo Racing_
Sauber has been a constant presence in F1 since 1993 when Peter Sauber, after successful runs in the World Sportscars Championship, partnered with Mercedes-Benz to bring the Sauber name to the pinnacle of motorsport.
Sauber has raced independently, except for a short period (2006-2009) under BMW ownership, since then, making it the fifth most experienced F1 team on the grid, having started more F1 GPs than anyone else after Ferrari, Lotus, Williams and McLaren.
In 2019, this will change, at least partially, because Sauber F1 team will have a new, rather evocative, name: Alfa Romeo Racing.
The new Alfa Romeo F1 car will be unveiled on February 18 which is also Enzo Ferrari's birthday. There's a reason for that. The Scuderia Ferrari team was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 and became the racing team of Alfa Romeo, building and racing cars under the Alfa name before becoming what we know today as, well, Scuderia Ferrari.
As ever, history repeats itself because the new Alfa Romeo Racing F1 car will have a Ferrari engine, Ferrari gearbox, Ferrari suspensions and, Ferrari said, it will be supported by Ferrari's top technology and technical expertise.
The drivers are veteran Kimi Räikkönen, you all know him, and rookie Antonio Giovinazzi, Formula 3 runner-up, who's had some experience with Ferrari as simulator driver and third driver, making his official F1 debut in 2017, replacing Pascal Wehrlein in China and Australia.
This is big news. And there's a lot of pressure, and there are expectations. And there are fans, more to the point, who have been waiting for this for a long time and this year, they'll have to chance to show their support for an actual F1 car with the Alfa Romeo livery on it. No brand partnership, no re-branding and marketing. This is the real deal. Alfa Romeo, back to F1.