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Alfa Romeo Racing

Kimi Räikkönen & Antonio Giovinazzi
Nationality che Swiss
Home base Hinwil, Zwitserland
Active since 1993
Teamboss Frédéric Vasseur

F1 season 2021

WC Position 9
WC points 3.0
Podiums 0
Pole positions 0

F1 history

World titles 0
WC Points 868
Podiums 27
Pole positions 1

Alfa Romeo Racing will continue with their line-up of veteran Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi for a third season in 2021. Can the Swiss-based team improve from eighth overall in 2020?

Pre-war European Championship and post-war

Alfa Romeo were a household name in Grand Prix racing prior to World War II. The team were regular winners until Mercedes and Auto union came around in 1934, at which point Alfa withdrew while still supporting privateers like Enzo Ferrari and his Scuderia Ferrari team.

After the war Alfa dominated the new Formula 1 World Championship from 1946 to 1949, winning every race they entered with the exception of three.

Winners of the first World Championship of Drivers

Giuseppe Farina won the first World Championship of Drivers in the 158 with a supercharger, winning three of the seven races. Teammate Juan Manuel Fangio, who finished second, took the title the following year.

However Alfa Romeo withdrew from the series in 1952 after facing increased pressure from former employee Ferrari. Alfa was a state-owned company, but decided to withdraw after the Italian government refused to fund the expensive design for their new car.

Return to F1

Autodelta received permission from Alfa Romeo to begin developing an F1 car on their behalf in 1977. From there the Alfa Romeo 177 made its debut at the Belgian GP, though Bruno Giacomelli retired crashed out after 21 laps.

Although the team ran from 1979 to 1985, they failed to achieve any major success. The Italian outfit managed to secure two pole positions, two-second place finishes, three thirds and a faster lap, while Giacomelli led most of the 1980 United States GP before retiring with electrical problems.

The team experienced tragedy in 1980 when driver Patrick Depailler was killed while testing at the Hockenheimring for the German GP. The team's best season came in 1983 as they finished sixth in the Constructors' Championship, boosted by the switch to turbocharged 890T V8 engines which helped Andrea de Cesaris to two second-place finishes.

However with other teams switching to more powerful and fuel efficient engines, and the FIA's 220-litre full limit along with re-fuelling in pit stops for 1984 saw the team decline. The team continued to use their turbo V8 engine but performed poorly, even after running with less boost in an attempt to save fuel.

Riccardo Patrese's third place at the 1984 Italian GP was Alfa Romeo's final podium finish, as the Italian and teammate Eddie Cheever often failed to finish that season and the next due to running out of fuel.

In fact the team's 1985 car, the Alfa Romeo 185T was so uncompetitive that the team switched back to the 184T midway through the season. Following the final race of the 1985 season in Australia, Alfa Romeo pulled out of F1 as a constructor.

Sauber becomes Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo wouldn't return to the F1 grid until the 2019 season when Sauber announced they would be renamed Alfa Romeo Racing. Unlike Sauber's deal with BMW, the ownership, racing licence and management structure remained unchanged.

Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were named the team's driving pairing for the season, with the drivers tasked with leading the C38 to success. The Italian managed to lead the Singapore GP for four laps, the first time an Alfa Romeo had led an F1 race since De Cesaris back at the 1983 Belgian GP.

The team's best results came at the Brazilian GP when Raikkonen and Giovinazzi finished fourth and fifth respectively, helping Alfa Romeo finish the year in eighth place with 57 points.

Both drivers returned for the 2020 F1 season but the team took a significant step back, finishing eight in the standings once again but this time with just eight points. Despite the lack of success, both Raikkonen and Giovinazzi were brought back for the 2021 season.

			© Alfa Romeo
	© Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo as an engine supplier

During the 1960s teams such as LDS, Cooper and De Tomaso all used Alfa Romeo straight-4 engines.

Peter de Klerk created a custom-made, single seater racer for the South African F1 championship. Named the Alfa Romeo "Special", the car took part in the 1963 and 1965 South African GP along with five non-championship Grand Prix. Their best result was a podium at the 1963 Rand GP.

Alfa made a brief return in 1970 and 1971 with a V8 engine that appeared in a third works McLaren, though the entry of rent failed to qualify. A similar arrangement was made in a world March car in 1971 to similar results.

Bernice Ecclestone struck a deal for the Brabham F1 team to use Alfa Romeo engines in 1976, while Ligier were supplied by the Italian manufacturer in 1987. However when Fiat took control of Alfa Romeo the deal was cancelled, with Ligier using Megatron engines instead.

Small Italian team Osella used Alfa engines from 1983 to 1988. However following the team's poor results, Alfa prohibited the further use of its name with the engine.

Team partnerships

Alfa Romeo branding appeared on Ferrari cars from 2015 to 2018, starting with the Ferrari SF15-T.

Prior to Sauber being renamed Alfa Romeo Racing for the 2019 season, the Italian outfit served as Sauber's title sponsor for the 2018 campaign with Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson the driver pairing.