Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has revealed that a deal has been agreed to keep working with Sauber in F1 for 2023.
The Alfa name returned to the sport towards the end of the last decade but is not related to the famous team of the 1950s, with it instead lending its name to the Sauber team, which has been on the grid under different guises since the early 90s.
Indeed, it currently runs under the Alfa badge with Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu this year’s drivers, and it looks as though they will remain the same team for 2023, with Alfa’s CEO Imparato suggesting that that is very much the case.
Quoted by Reuters, he revealed that an agreement had been reached to extend into 2023 and until the car manufacturer stops seeing return on investment they will likely remain in the sport.
“I have signed the renewal for 2023 this morning,” Imparato said earlier in the week. “Every year in July we assess the situation. If in the future we realise we are not interested any more [in F1] or we don’t have returns on our investments, we’ll see what to do.
“But everything will be done in an orderly way.”
It’ll be good to see Alfa stay on the grid as even if they are not the team from the 50s they are still a very iconic motorsport name to have around.
They’re also enjoying a decent season, despite recent form dropping away, and they’ll be looking to build on this year and keep climbing the grid heading into 2023.