Formula One: Sauber rebranded as Alfa Romeo Racing for 2019 season

1 Feb

Sauber will be rebranded as Alfa Romeo Racing for the forthcoming Formula One season.

The Sauber name has been part of the sport’s make-up for the past quarter of a century after Peter Sauber ran his first entry in 1993.

But it will now effectively disappear from the grid after the Swiss team announced they have been dropped ahead of the new campaign which kicks off in Melbourne next month.

Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, and Antonio Giovinazzi will race for the re-branded outfit this year.

Giuseppe Farina won F1’s first world championship driving an Alfa Romeo in 1950, before Juan Manuel Fangio claimed the first of his five titles racing for the Italian car manufacturer a year later.

After a 33-year absence from the sport, Alfa Romeo became title sponsor for the cash-strapped Sauber team last season.

Sauber finished eighth in the 2018 constructors’ championship.

Alfa Romeo are due to roll out their car on the morning of the first winter test, which gets under way in Barcelona on February 18.

Kimi Raikkonen to leave Ferrari at end of season, will be replaced by Charles Leclerc

11 Sep

Kimi Raikkonen will leave Ferrari at the end of the season.

The Italian Formula 1 team announced the departure of the former world champion in a statement on Tuesday.

Raikkonen will leave at the end of the current campaign

The 38-year-old Finn has driven for Ferrari in two spells, from 2007 to 2009 and from 2014 to the current season.

“During these years, Kimi’s contribution to the team, both as a driver and on account of his human qualities, has been fundamental. He played a decisive role in the team’s growth and was, at the same time, always a great team player,” Ferrari said.

“As a world champion for Scuderia Ferrari, he will always be part of the team’s history and family. We thank Kimi for all of this and wish him and his family a prosperous future.”

There will be no speculation about Raikkonen’s future, though, as he has already revealed a return to Sauber on a two-year deal.

He started his career with the team in 2001 and wrote on his Instagram account: “Guess who’s back?! Next two years with @sauberf1team ahead! Feels extremely good to go back where it all began!”

Ferrari immediately revealed Raikkonen’s successor by announcing Sauber’s Charles Leclerc as his replacement.

“Scuderia Ferrari announces that in the next Formula One racing season, Charles Leclerc will drive for the Team alongside Sebastian Vettel,” said a team statement.

Leclerc, 20, was a development driver for Ferrari in 2017 before making his F1 debut with Sauber this season