Alfa Romeo has waved goodbye to F1 ahead of its final race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.
The Italian manufacturer returned to the sport after a 30-year hiatus in 2018 in partnership with Sauber Motorsport, which has brought “six years of fruitful and passionate collaboration.”
In a statement published Thursday, Alfa Romeo expressed great thanks to the late Sergio Marchionne, who strongly supported the partnership in 2018, as well as their drivers that have represented the team over the last six years: Charles Leclerc, Marcus Ericsson, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Raikkonen, Zhou Guanyu and Valtteri Bottas.
The team also expressed a heartfelt thank you to the entire Sauber Team, co-owner Finn Rausing, former team principal Fred Vasseur, Alessandro Alunni Bravi and Andreas Siedl, for their “constant, passionate and professional collaboration.”
Alfa Romeo CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, said: “When you close such an important chapter in the history of a brand, it's time to take stock.
“For Alfa Romeo, this F1 adventure represented an international showcase at the highest level, as well as a profound human and sporting experience. In my humble opinion, the return on investment from the work we have done here has been the most positive in my entire career.
“The benefits in terms of visibility serve as a benchmark for the entire Stellantis group. Alfa Romeo has competition in its DNA and will return to thrill its fans as soon as possible, when the conditions are right."
Alfa Romeo: “Always in our hearts”
Alfa Romeo is a team steeped in history in motorsport and played a significant part in F1 from 1950 until 1988, as both a manufacturer and an engine supplier.
In their debut season in 1950 and 1951, the team won the drivers’ world championship with Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio. From 1961 to 1979, the team participated as an engine supplier for several F1 teams.
After returning as a constructor in 1979, they recorded their best finish of sixth in the 1983 championship.
Alfa Romeo will sport a special livery for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the C43 being emblazoned with the number six to celebrate six years of partnership with Sauber, as well as the phrase “Alfa Romeo nei nostri cuori”, translating to “Alfa Romeo always in our hearts”.
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