Alfa Romeo and F1 Racing have a long and storied history that dates back to the late 1930s. In fact, the first two Formula One world championships were won by Italian Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in Alfa Romeo cars in 1950 and 1951.
Over the next few decades, Alfa Romeo supplied engines and raced, but withdrew at the end of 1985. Now, after 30 years, we will likely see the return of this historic brand as a direct competitor with Ferrari.
“It’s incredible how the Alfa marque remains in people’s hearts,” said FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne, who is also Ferrari president, at an end-of-season news conference at the Italian team’s Maranello headquarters. “For that very reason we are thinking about bringing it back, as our competitor, to racing, to Formula One. It’s important for Alfa to return.”
With both a Ferrari and Alfa Romeo team that could help both teams succeed since they would utilize similar technology and could even move drivers between teams, if needed.
Are you looking forward to an Alfa Romeo return to F1?