Audi confirmed in August last year that it would join the caravan when the new Formula One power units are introduced in the 2026 season. This was followed by the news that it will be a takeover of the Swiss team Sauber, which is still competing under the name Alfa Romeo this year, with a gradual buyout. Now, Sauber has confirmed that the German manufacturer has bought a minority stake "in line with plans". Audi will use the team factory in Hinwil, but for the purpose of developing power units, they are expanding their factory in Neuberg, where they once developed power units for the World Endurance Championship. Sauber will compete in F1 as Alfa Romeo until the end of next season, after which it will compete under its own name and use Ferrari power units until 2025, before the team will become the factory Audi F1 team the following year.
McLaren has confirmed that Andrea Stella will take over as team boss after Andreas Seidl decided to return to Swiss team Sauber. Seidl joined McLaren at the beginning of 2019, but before the start of the 2023 season he will return to the team from Hinwil, where he was already employed for four years during the period of cooperation with BMW. The German is also strongly connected with the Volkswagen concern, which will take over the team with its Audi brand in the near future. Stella has been with McLaren since 2015 and director Zak Brown considers Andrea to be a very experienced and respected part of the team. "Andrea is very talented, experienced and respected. He has already proven in the past that he is a good leader," he said. "I look forward to working with him even more closely in the pursuit of race wins."
The Italian team Ferrari has confirmed that Fred Vasseur will be the new boss of the team from Maranello from January 9, 2. It has been speculated for a long time that Vasseur could take over the vacant position of team principal following the departure of Mattia Binotto, and the rumors gained additional momentum when the Alfa Romeo team announced that Vasseur was stepping down as team boss, and today Ferrari confirmed that The 2023-year-old will take over from Vasseur before the start of the 54 season. https://twitter.com/ScuderiaFerrari/status/2023
Ferrari denied rumors from the Italian media that Mattia Binotto, the boss of their F1 team, had to leave his job to Frederic Vasseur, the head of the Alfa Romeo team. Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Tuesday that they learned from several sources in the team that at the end of the season, Binotto would have to leave the position of team boss, which he took over in January 2019. This season, Ferrari put one of the most competitive racing cars on the track in recent years, but after an encouraging start, after a series of tactical errors and reliability problems, they completely lost touch with Red Bull, and now they are also threatened by the awakening Mercedes team in second place in the Constructors' Championship. The Italian colleagues claim that the drop in form from January 1, 2023, is expected to derail Binotto, his place
Audi has reached an agreement to buy the Sauber team, which has been racing under the Alfa Romeo name for the last few years, and thus announced its entry into the elite Formula 1 world championship in 2026. After months of speculation, Audi announced at the beginning of the year that they would become partners in the development of the next generations drive motors. Which team they will gradually take over was not confirmed at the time, but it was expected to be the Swiss team Sauber. This will be Audi's first entry into the elite F1 racing championship. Audi and Sauber have announced that Sauber will become a strategic partner of Audi's Formula 1 program, and that Audi plans to gradually acquire a majority stake in the Sauber team. The terms of the deal, including the size of the ownership stake and the timeline, have not yet been disclosed, but it is expected to be a
Alfa Romeo will remain in the Formula 1 Championship in the coming years, as they signed a new, multi-year contract with the Sauber team, which serves as their team, on Wednesday. Alfa Romeo returned to Formula 2018 in 1, from where it was absent for more than 30 years. The Italian brand only competed as a partner of the Swiss Sauber team for the first season, and then the team officially became Alfa Romeo. https://twitter.com/alfaromeoracing/status/1415298270985953283
Kimi Raikkonen is the most experienced racer of this year's Formula 1 Championship, which he also showed at the start of the Portuguese Grand Prix, where he won ten places in one lap on a slightly wet track and moved from 16th to 6th place. The Finn later managed to break through even to fifth place until he was betrayed by the tires and after a poor stop in the pits slipped into the background and finally finished in eleventh place, which is the first one that doesn’t bring points. https://twitter.com/alfaromeoracing/status/1320417091351183361 The 41-year-old Alfa Romeo racer said after the race that in the first lap he wondered what the other racers were doing. "The start of the race wasn't even that good, as I even lost one place at first, and then at one point I wondered what the others were doing," the first lap of the race was commented on by Ferrari's last world p
The almost legendary Sauber team will no longer be in Formula 1 from this year, as the Swiss team has now been officially renamed Alfa Romeo Racing. Last year, for the first time since 1985, Alfa indirectly re-entered the F1 Championship as the main sponsor of the Sauber team. In the background, a plan was constantly unfolding to make the brand, which is otherwise owned by the FIAT concern, as well as Ferrari, active in the championship again. Sauber will be renamed this season and become a full-fledged factory team of the brand, which won the constructive titles of champions in the first seasons of Formula One, 1950 and 1951. However, it is not a completely factory team, as the team structure and ownership, remained unchanged. On the race cars that Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinaz will drive this year
Steven Roberston, Kimi Raikkonen’s longtime manager, has revealed the background to Finch’s move to Sauber. The last Ferrari world champion, as soon as he learned that Ferrari did not intend to renew his contract, contacted the Swiss team and agreed to exchange the race seat with Charles Leclerc, as he had no intention of retiring. Raikkonen will turn 40 in October this year, and at Sauber, the team with which he began his career as an F2001 racer in 1, he will race with Antonio Giovinazzi, another racer at the Ferrari Racing Academy. “When Kimi was told they wouldn’t give him a contract for next season, Kimi contacted Sauber,” Robertson told the official Formula 1 site. “Kimi wanted to continue, so he met with Sauber owners, then with
Antonio Giovinazzi does not want to be burdened by the achievements of Charles Leclerc from last season in his first full season in Formula 1, when he impressed everyone with his very good performances in his first season in Formula 1 and thus earned a place at Ferrari next season. He believes that many will evaluate and compare him with the young Monaco, whose place he took at Sauber. Giovinazzi has already competed in two Formula 1 races, after replacing the then injured Pascal Wehrlein in the Swiss team at the beginning of the 2017 season. From then on, he played the role of test and development racer for both Sauber and Ferrari. The 2 GP2016 world runner-up will be accompanied by a challenging rival, 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen. In the coming season
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