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Alfa Romeo is about to bid farewell to Formula 1 from 2022

Alfa Romeo can leave Formula 1 again at the end of the 2021 World Championship. The contract linking Alfa with Sauber will expire at the end of this season and it is not certain that it will be completely renewed as it is not certain that Team Switzerland’s collaboration with Ferrari will proceed. Alfa Romeo’s future in the circus is actually based on the newborn Stellantis, the group that was born out of the merger between Fiat-Chrysler and the PSA group that will debut in the first quarter of 2021. Among the plans for the world’s fourth largest car group is also actually to redefine sporting activity The group and the various brands that are part of it (Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Opel / Vauxhall, Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Chrysler, Ram, Dodge and Jeep), starting from Alfa Romeo.

The Italian company has been the main sponsor of Sauber for the past three years and will also be in 2021, but Stellantis’ industrial plans may end the partnership at the end of the season when the renewed sponsorship contract expires last October but for another season. This possible end of the relationship could end the team’s collaboration with Ferrari As Frederic Fasour has already indicated, F1 Team Manager and CEO of Sauber Motorsport. And the fact that Maranello’s men have already tightened their ties with Haas for next season seems to confirm the hypothesis of a future disengagement from Sauber.

If such a prospect really did occur, the Swiss team could become a Renault customer from 2022, effectively changing the geography of the Formula 1 staging network. With Ferrari, only one customer team, like the French company, will end up waiting to understand what Red Bull (and thus also Alpha Tauri) will do. After the already announced Honda farewell, the rest of the cars on the grid (Mercedes, Williams, McLaren, Aston Martin) will be operated by The Stuttgart home of what appears to be more and more Formula Mercedes. But a lot may depend on the decisions Stellantis makes regarding Alfa Romeo even if, we must remember, the new group born from the FCA and PSA merger will not have direct control over Ferrari.

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