Alfa Romeo Racing driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been hit with a three-place grid penalty and a penalty point on his racing licence by the stewards...
Alfa Romeo Racing
Alfa Romeo Racing
Alfa Romeo Racing are a Formula 1 team in the 2019 season. The team changed their name in 2018 from Alfa Romeo Sauber ahead of the new season but Alfa Romeo have a rich history in motorsport.
They started making racing cars in 1913 three years after the formation of A.L.F.A. They competed under the alias of Sauber from 1993 but their history in the division goes back all the way to 1950. The team are based in Hinwil in Switzerland and their CEO is Frederic Vasseur. They will line up with Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi in 2019.
|Team Name||Alfa Romeo Racing|
|Team Leader||Frédéric Vasseur|
|Technical Leader||Axel Kruse|
Alfa Romeo - 1950-1987
Alfa Romeo first competed in Formula 1 between 1950 and 1987 but only competed as the works team until 1951. During this period the Italian team dominated F1 using the pre-war Alfetta. McLaren and March both used Alfa Romeo v8 engines during the 1970s and many smaller F1 teams used their straight 4 engines.
Between 1976 and 1979 Alfa Romeo provided the engine for The Brabham F1 team during a spell in which Niki Lauda raced for them. It suggested a direct return for the constructors and indeed they did between 1979 and 1985.
In 1987 a deal was struck which would see Alfa Romeo provide Ligier with engines however the deal fell through following Fiat’s involvement with the Swiss constructors. Osella also ran an Alfa engine until 1987 but this was with little success.
Sauber - 1993-2017
Sauber first burst onto the scene at the 1993 South African Grand Prix, a race won by Alain Prost. Over the years the team competed with several different engines, beginning with Mercedes Benz until 1994. The team had originally been planned following the end of the first ‘turbo era’ but was eventually put on hold. The two continued to work in unison and eventually made their debut at Kyalami. They made a steady start finishing just outside the points several times but through their second season results were disappointing. Despite this following the death of Ayrton Senna, Sauber proved important in the development of prototype cockpit head protection.
Since then Sauber have worked with Red Bull and Ferrari but had their most notable result at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix under BMW. Robert Kubica won the race and to date it is the only race win Sauber have achieved.
In 2010 they became independent running with a Ferrari engine after they were given FIA entry in December 2009.
Until becoming independent in 2017, Sauber was home to several different drivers such as: Kamuyi Kobayashi, Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel, all of which have gone onto mixed degrees of success in the sport.
Alfa Romeo Sauber/ Alfa Romeo Racing - 2017-Present
In November 2017 it was confirmed Sauber would begin a partnership with Alfa Romeo for the 2018 season officially becoming Alfa Romeo Sauber team. In 2018 Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson lined up for the team which achieved 48 points, 39 from the wheel of Charles Leclerc. Leclerc would eventually move onto sign for Ferrari and was replaced at Sauber by the man he replaced, 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen. Antonio Giovinazzi was signed to replace Marcus Ericsson, so the team had a fresh new lineup for 2019.
On February 1st 2019 it was announced the team would no longer be known as Alfa Romeo Sauber instead going by the name Alfa Romeo Racing. The team remained under the same management structure.
Alfa Romeo Racing News
Giovinazzi: “I hope to be in Q3”
Antonio Giovinazzi has high hopes for himself and Alfa Romeo as he targets Q3 in qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Ferrari could recall Alfa technical director Simone Resta
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Ferrari consider bringing back Resta from Alfa Romeo
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Antonio Giovinazzi on his "tough" debut F1 season
Antonio Giovinazzi has admitted that he has struggled for confidence in his debut season as a full-time Formula 1 driver. As the only non-Williams...
Kimi Raikkonen believes Alfa Romeo is "stronger" after two days of testing
Alfa Romeo didn't have the best Spanish Grand Prix, but Kimi Raikkonen claims if they were to do it again, they'd be "stronger" after completing two days of testing.
Callum Ilott on his crash: "The biggest I’ve ever had"
Ferrari academy driver Callum Ilott drove for Alfa Romeo in today's testing session but a crash in the afternoon blemished what would have been...
Alfa Romeo will make changes if Giovinazzi doesn't improve - Lehto
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Raikkonen: Good thing we have two days of testing now!
Kimi Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo Racing needs to turn things around and targetted the post-Spanish Grand Prix test as crucial in improving the team's form.
Alfa Romeo didn't show potential - Vasseur
Alfa Romeo team principal Fred Vasseur has admitted the team failed to show its full potential throughout the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.
Liveblog: The Spanish Grand Prix
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Antonio Giovinazzi gets a five-place (1 place) grid drop for a gearbox change
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been handed a five-place grid job because his mechanics were forced to change his gearbox overnight....
What stood out on Friday in Barcelona?
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Kimi Raikkonen plays down his vital role at Alfa Romeo
Kimi Raikkonen believes he's "just a driver like in any other team" despite helping his younger teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi, grow and pushing...
Raikkonen remains optimistic about Alfa Romeo's car
Kimi Raikkonen has insisted he is still optimistic about Alfa Romeo's car, as he prepares for the fifth race of the season, this weekend in Barcelona.
Giovinazzi: "I'm sure I can go for points in Barcelona for the first time"
Antonio Giovinazzi is confident he can secure his first points of the season for Alfa Romeo this weekend in Spain, following his poor start to...
Kimi Raikkonen on the season so far
Kimi Raikkonen has had a solid season so far but in his usual self, he wants more points and wants to be higher up the championship table. The...
Raikkonen thinks Spain "should be easier" for Alfa after P10 in Baku
Alfa Romeo Racing driver Kimi Raikkonen has revealed the team already knew about the front wing potentially being an issue since China, as Raikkonen...
Raikkonen thinks it's unjustified to judge Giovinazzi so early
Kimi Raikkonen believes it would be "very unfair" to judge his Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi on his first three races in Formula 1.
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