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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 8
WC points 2
Podiums 0
Pole positions 0

F1 history

World titles 0
WC Points 932
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?

History of Alfa Romeo F1 team

Ferrari’s own version of a junior team, Alfa Romeo will retain its driver line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for a third successive season.

The team whose headquarters is located in Hinwil, Switzerland started its journey as Sauber in 1993. Sauber who initially raced sports cars with a technical partnership with Mercedes enjoyed tremendous success on the sportscar front, winning the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1989 and 1990, though the team would fall short of winning a Formula 1 as an independent with second place in 2012 being their best result.

Despite the team never being able to challenge at the front consistently the shred business acumen of the team founder Peter Sauber, ensured that the team had healthy financial support from the likes of Red Bull, Petronas, and Credit Suisse at varying stages of the team’s existence. The team would also set up a division known as Sauber-Petronas engineering, with the sole aim of building Ferrari designed engines and gearboxes, licensing whatever they could from the manufacturer.

BMW enter into the fold

The team would also give debuts to several drivers, the two most notable names being Sebastian Vettel, who raced for the BMW Sauber Team in 2008, and Kimi Raikkonen who caused a stir in 2001, debuting for the team after only 21 car races to his name.

Sauber would eventually be bought by BMW in 2005 and would be rebranded BMW-Sauber. The team would see an immediate upturn in their fortunes scoring a few podiums on their way to fifth in 2006 team standings. 2007 would see the team finish in its highest ever championship position. Despite securing only one podium, the team finished second overall in the championship aided by McLaren’s disqualification. BMW-Sauber would go on to achieve its sole win in the sport, courtesy of Robert Kubica at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix helping it finish third overall in that year’s championship.

The final year of the BMW-Sauber partnership would be one of disappointment with the team finishing sixth overall in the constructor’s championship and BMW shutting down its operations due to the economic recession that ensued in 2008.

After BMW’s exit from the sport, Sauber would once again fall under the ownership of Peter Sauber. While the team’s results waned in 2010 and 2011, with the help of Mexican Sergio Perez the team would achieve one of their best-ever seasons as an independent team in 2012, registering four podiums en route to sixth overall in the championship in 2012.

Alfa Romeo takeover

The team would suffer a severe decline from 2013, struggling to finish in the top 10 in the races they competed in, the team also entered a period of financial instability and was eventually sold to the Swiss-based investment group Longbow Finance.

The team also secured a deal to run Honda engines from 2018 onwards, however, it instead extended its partnership with Ferrari and also announced Alfa Romeo as its title sponsor. The Alfa Romeo Sauber team also signed rookie and FIA Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc and the team saw a massive uptick in performance, finishing the championship with 48 points, a significant improvement on the five it scored the previous year.

The 2019 season would see the team swap Leclerc for Raikkonen and finally drop the Sauber name from its title, running instead as Alfa Romeo Racing. The team would finish eighth in the team standings for both 2019 and 2020.

Alfa Romeo in Formula 1

Though technically called Alfa Romeo Racing, the team doesn’t have much of a connection to the original Alfa Romeo that won two world titles in 1950 with Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio in 1951.

Alfa Romeo last raced in Formula 1 as a proper constructor in 1985 with the Alfa Romeo brand name returning in a commercial capacity first with Ferrari in 2017 and Sauber from 2018 onwards.

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