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Alfa Romeo appoint new team chief ahead of 2022 season

After signing two new drivers for the 2022 F1 campaign, Alfa Romeo have also welcomed a new Managing Director to the camp.

Sauber Group, which operate the Alfa Romeo F1 team on behalf of the Italian manufacturer, have appointed Alessandro Alunni Bravi, a lawyer and long-time manager of various drivers - including Robert Kubica and Stoffel Vandoorne - as Managing Director effective 1 March. Alunni Bravi was previously Managing Director of the company's advanced engineering spin-off Sauber Technologies. He will focus on marketing, communications, sales, legal, IT and finance, reporting directly to CEO and Team Principal Frederic Vasseur. "I am delighted to announce my new position as Managing Director of Sauber Group, which operates the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN," Bravi said in social media posts. "It's an honour to take on the challenge of leading an organisation with the successful history that Sauber has."

Alfa Romeo "excited" about Bravi's arrival

Aluni Bravi, who formed Trusted Management in 2017 after exiting Nicolas Todt's All-Road Management company, where he had overseen the careers of Jules Bianchi and Charles Leclerc, was appointed to the board of Sauber's holding company, Islero Investments, in March 2018. He previously provided legal services to a number of championship series - including WEC - and teams such as ART. "Alessandro has been an integral part of the growth of our company, on and off the track, in the last few years and I am excited about the contribution he will make in his new position," said Vasseur. "Few can match his knowledge of motorsports with that of business and the complex legal landscape in which we operate, and this makes Alessandro the right person for this challenge."

Further changes to come at Alfa Romeo?

The team, whose ultimate beneficiary owner is Finn Rausing, scion of the Swedish Tetrapak-owning family, have contracted ex-Mercedes F1 team Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas to lead their charge to end-2024. The Finn races alongside Chinese rookie driver Guanyu Zhou this year, with Kubica, liked to the Polish Orlen oil company, again confirmed in a third driver/development role. In another development, Bravi's former All-Road colleague, Morgan Caron, who recently managed Leclerc, advised associates that he was leaving Todt's company, saying: "I'm no longer working with Charles and I've left the company. I'll see you soon on track." Paddock speculation links Caron to a role with Sauber.

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