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Fingers Crossed The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Car Looks This Nice 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in alfa-romeo, F1, Motorsport, racing, Renderings, Sauber on 12 6th, 2017


Alfa Romeo recently confirmed its return to Formula One with the Sauber squad and unveiled a concept livery for its 2018 race car.

However, as that livery was simply a concept, it is subject to change before the new season kicks off. If it ends up looking like this livery, rendered by Behance artist Sean Bull Design, we’ll be very happy.

The designer has opted against taking inspiration from the concept livery and instead started afresh, painting the majority of the vehicle’s exterior gloss black. On the front there are the usual array of sponsor logos and some red accents. Moving along the car and you’ll find a design made up of orange and pink triangles running along the center of the race car.

Elsewhere, there is an orange and pink Alfa Romeo logo on either side and the rear wing. The controversial halo has also been painted black and much to our surprise, doesn’t look all that bad.

When the Alfa Romeo Sauber team hits the track next year, it will do so with Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson.

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Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Officially Launches With New Livery, Driver Lineup 3
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, F1, featured, Motorsport, racing, Sauber, video on 12 3rd, 2017


Alfa Romeo and Sauber are opening new chapters in their respective histories as they embark upon a new Formula One collaboration starting next season.

That partnership got off to a good start this weekend at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo outside Milan where the team revealed both its new livery and its driver lineup for next season.

The color scheme, as you can see, is primarily white at the nose and sidepods, and red at the upper air intake and engine cover. The prominence of the Alfa Romeo emblems marks not only the first time that the Italian marque will be represented (beyond some small logos on Ferrari’s cars) for the first time in over 30 years, but the welcome arrival of a primary sponsor for the Swiss team that’s been struggling since parting with BMW.

Driving for the newly rechristened team will be Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc. Ericsson has been with Sauber since 2015 (when he joined from the now defunct Caterham outfit) and was believed to be the team’s choice for next season. Leclerc is a Ferrari prodigy fresh from securing the title in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, the series formerly known as GP2 with past champs including Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne, and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly.

Leclerc is also no stranger to the Sauber team, having test-driven for it six times this past season (and Haas several times the one before that). His role as the team’s primary test driver will be taken next year by Antonio Giovinazzi, another Ferrari prodigy who contested two races for Sauber in 2017 and was a test driver for both Haas and Ferrari.

The question is whether the talent and the financial support will help Sauber find its way back up the pack. From the second- and third-place finishes it achieved a decade ago, the team has fallen to 10th place in the standings these past two season, which for 2017 equals dead last since Manor dropped out.

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Alfa Romeo’s Officially Returning To F1 With Sauber 29
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in alfa-romeo, F1, Motorsport, racing, Sauber on 11 29th, 2017


It’s official, ladies and gents: Alfa Romeo is returning to Formula One, and it’s doing so in partnership with Sauber.

The multi-year technical and commercial agreement will see the Swiss outfit run as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, starting this coming season, and bear the colors and logo of the storied Italian marque.

“The Alfa Romeo engineers and technicians, who have already demonstrated their capabilities with the newly-launched models, Giulia and Stelvio, will have the opportunity to make that experience available to the Sauber F1 Team,” noted FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne. “At the same time, Alfa Romeo fans will once again have the opportunity to support an automaker that is determined to begin writing an exciting new chapter in its unique, legendary sporting history.”

This will not, of course, be the first time that Alfa Romeo will compete in grand prix racing. The marque dominated pre-war racing, and returned in the 1950s to win back-to-back world championships. It stepped back into an engine-supplier role in the 1960s and 70s, then returned as a full-on constructor during the 1980s, but bowed out again in 1985. This will mark the first time we’ll see Alfa Romeo represented on the grid since then, following an absence of over 30 years.

The deal will see the team running Ferrari engines and give the two companies the opportunity for further collaboration away from the race track as well, though what form that might take, at this point we don’t know.

Sauber enjoyed a similar relationship with BMW in the previous decade before the German automaker pulled out of the sport (along with Toyota and Honda). But the team has a much longer history with Ferrari, running its engines fro 1997 through 2005 (rebranded by Malaysian oil company Petronas) and returning to Ferrari power from 2010 through today.

“Working closely with a car manufacturer is a great opportunity for the Sauber Group to further develop its technology and engineering projects,” said Sauber chairman Pascal Picci. “We are confident that together we can bring the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team great success, and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

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Alfa Romeo’s Officially Returning To F1 With Sauber 29
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in alfa-romeo, F1, Motorsport, racing, Sauber on 11 29th, 2017


It’s official, ladies and gents: Alfa Romeo is returning to Formula One, and it’s doing so in partnership with Sauber.

The multi-year technical and commercial agreement will see the Swiss outfit run as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, starting this coming season, and bear the colors and logo of the storied Italian marque.

“The Alfa Romeo engineers and technicians, who have already demonstrated their capabilities with the newly-launched models, Giulia and Stelvio, will have the opportunity to make that experience available to the Sauber F1 Team,” noted FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne. “At the same time, Alfa Romeo fans will once again have the opportunity to support an automaker that is determined to begin writing an exciting new chapter in its unique, legendary sporting history.”

This will not, of course, be the first time that Alfa Romeo will compete in grand prix racing. The marque dominated pre-war racing, and returned in the 1950s to win back-to-back world championships. It stepped back into an engine-supplier role in the 1960s and 70s, then returned as a full-on constructor during the 1980s, but bowed out again in 1985. This will mark the first time we’ll see Alfa Romeo represented on the grid since then, following an absence of over 30 years.

The deal will see the team running Ferrari engines and give the two companies the opportunity for further collaboration away from the race track as well, though what form that might take, at this point we don’t know.

Sauber enjoyed a similar relationship with BMW in the previous decade before the German automaker pulled out of the sport (along with Toyota and Honda). But the team has a much longer history with Ferrari, running its engines fro 1997 through 2005 (rebranded by Malaysian oil company Petronas) and returning to Ferrari power from 2010 through today.

“Working closely with a car manufacturer is a great opportunity for the Sauber Group to further develop its technology and engineering projects,” said Sauber chairman Pascal Picci. “We are confident that together we can bring the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team great success, and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

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Is Alfa Romeo About To Announce Its F1 Return With Sauber? 22
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in alfa-romeo, F1, Ferrari, Motorsport, racing, Sauber on 11 22nd, 2017


Rumors have been circulating for some time that Alfa Romeo could return to Formula One – and those rumors could be about to come to fruition.

According to Autosport, the Sauber team is poised to team up with the Italian automaker, bringing the Alfa name back into grand prix racing for the first time since 1985.

Now at this point you might be thinking: Ferrari and Alfa Romeo are sister companies, so why would they both field costly F1 programs? The answer, however, isn’t quite that simple. For one, though they share common shareholders (and CEO), Ferrari is no longer under the same Fiat umbrella as Alfa Romeo. At the same time, however, the Alfa program could piggyback on Ferrari’s – or prove little more than a rebranding exercise.

The Sauber team was supposed to switch to Honda power for next season until a last-minute management change scuppered the deal. Honda signed with Toro Rosso instead, and the new leadership at Sauber went back to longtime ally Ferrari, whose boss Sergio Marchionne has expressed his eagerness to bring Alfa back into the fold.

Another question soon to be answered is who Sauber will put behind the wheel next season, remaining the only team yet to confirm either of its drivers for 2018. Ferrari protege (and recently crowned Formula 2 champion) Charles Leclerc is strongly tipped to fill one seat, and word has it that Sauber and Ferrari are currently sparring over whether to keep the Swiss team’s favorite Marcus Ericsson or bring in another Ferrari junior, Antonio Giovinazzi.

The up-and-coming Italian driver filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber earlier this season, and has finished runner-up in the British and European F3 championships and in GP2. Word has it that the announcement (on the drivers at least) will be made this weekend in Abu Dhabi, so stay tuned.

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Sauber Planning Completely Different 2018 F1 Car 10
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, racing, Reports, Sauber on 09 10th, 2017


According to Sauber boss Fred Vasseur, a completely new car is being designed for the 2018 F1 season.
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Sauber Cancels Its Engine Deal With Honda For 2018 28
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in F1, honda, Motorsport, racing, Sauber on 07 28th, 2017


Sauber has announced that its planned technical partnership with Honda for the 2018 F1 season has been cancelled.
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Sauber Cancels Its Engine Deal With Honda For 2018 28
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in F1, honda, Motorsport, racing, Sauber on 07 28th, 2017


Sauber has announced that its planned technical partnership with Honda for the 2018 F1 season has been cancelled.
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Vintage Group C Race Cars Sound Like Race Cars Should 29
May
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, mercedes, Mercedes Videos, Motorsport, racing, Sauber, video on 05 29th, 2017


Whether you're talking about road cars or race cars, there's any number of factors that add up to a great experience. And sound is a big one.
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Sauber’s Switching To Honda F1 Power Next Season (For Some Reason) 30
Apr
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, honda, Motorsport, racing, Sauber on 04 30th, 2017


Hard as it may be to believe given their dismal performance, there is another team that's signing on to use Honda engines in Formula One next season. And that team is Sauber.
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Watch All 2017 New-Look F1 Cars In Action During Barcelona Testing 28
Feb
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, Ferrari, Force India, Haas, McLaren-Honda, mercedes, racing, Red Bull, renault, Sauber, Toro Rosso, video, Williams on 02 28th, 2017


With pre-season testing under way in Barcelona, Formula 1 teams are looking to get in as many laps as they can, hoping to iron out all the kinks before the season opener in Melbourne.
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Sauber Reveals New Ferrari-Powered C36 For Its 25th Year In F1 20
Feb
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, racing, Sauber on 02 20th, 2017


The 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship is almost upon us. That means each of the teams will soon be revealing their new chassis for the season ahead, and the latest comes from Sauber.
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Mercedes Junior Wehrlein Bound For Sauber, Not Rosberg’s Seat 3
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, mercedes, Motorsport, racing, Sauber on 01 3rd, 2017


Ever since Nico Rosberg made the shock announcement of his retirement, hot on the heels of securing the world championship, all the motorsport press has been talking about is who would replace him. Among the favored contenders was Pascal Wehrlein, but the latest reports have him signing with another team for next season instead.
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Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson Eyeing Force India Seat For 2017 27
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, Force India, Reports, Sauber on 10 27th, 2016


Current Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson feels it would be "stupid" not to consider joining a strong midfield team such as Force India starting next year.
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Sauber Will Use 2016-Spec Ferrari Engines Next Year, Focus On Chassis 8
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, Ferrari, Motorsport, racing, Reports, Sauber on 10 8th, 2016


Sauber has chosen to stick with 2016 Ferrari engines next year and allocate their resources on building a (hopefully, much) more competitive car around them.
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