FCA and Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne mentioned that he would adore to see Alfa Romeo returning to the Formula 1 Championship with its own team, supplied that they are never, ever as very good as Scuderia Ferrari. Instead of becoming a genuine F1 contender, he imagines Alfa as the junior varsity team designed to situation future talent for its massive-league brother.
“Alfa Romeo in F1 could turn out to be a fine breeding ground for young Italian drivers,” Marchionne said soon after announcing GP2’s Antonio Giovinazzi as Ferrari’s new third driver at the company’s annual Christmas media occasion. “For that very reason we are pondering about bringing it back, as our competitor, to racing, to Formula One. It’s crucial for Alfa to return.”
Ferrari lately finalized a deal with Giovinazzi, putting the Italian F1 rookie in the shadows of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. It’s the initial time given that 2009 that Ferrari has fielded an Italian driver.
Alfa Romeo’s return to Formula 1 is a bit of a Catch-22, even so. Receiving back into high-profile racing would no doubt aid enhance sales of the brand, but Alfa will first need to sell enough Giorgio platform automobiles to rationalize the expense. According to Motorsport, even a ideal-case situation could place the timeline a couple of racing seasons away.
“The issue is that, at the moment, because of the launch of road vehicles that will come out quickly, there currently quite a few commitments from a economic point of view,” Sergio told reporters. “With the launch of the Giulia and the Stelvio we have to wait for a bit, but I hope to be able to bring it back.”
That stated, Alfa really almost managed to get itself onto a beginning grid this past year with Red Bull. Even so the proposal ended up in violation of FIA guidelines and was scrapped before anything was set in motion.
The Italian automaker has not participated in Formula 1 because its abysmal final season in 1985.
“The worst car I ever drove was the 1985 Alfa Romeo 185T,” Ricardo Patrese told Motorsport in 2000, “I didn’t get any championship points in in and fairly apart from the truth that it was not reputable and competitive, it was also not very nice to drive, because the turbo lag was quite uncomfortable.”
Embarrassments aside, the brand that helped bring Scuderia into existence might still deserve greater than being a coaching ground for its greatest drivers. Ferrari has been supplying energy units — some with Alfa Romeo badging — to rival teams for a although now. Alfa does not need Ferrari and could technically exist as a standalone operation.
“Alfa Romeo are capable of producing their personal chassis, just as they are capable of generating engines,” Sergio told Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper in an interview.
The 1st two Formula One particular planet championships in history were both won by Alfa Romeo automobiles, piloted by Italian Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio. Enzo Ferrari himself began out racing and managing a team for Alfa prior to setting up Scuderia in 1939. Now Ferrari just includes a small Alfa logo on the livery of its F1 cars, in an claimed bond of passion, sportiness, and shared values that are supposed to somehow unite them as brothers.
“It’s amazing how the Alfa marque remains in people’s hearts,” the Ferrari president stated for the duration of last year’s conference at the Italian team’s Maranello headquarters. “For that extremely explanation we are thinking about bringing it back, as our competitor, to racing, to Formula A single. It’s essential for Alfa to return.”
[Source: Reuters] [Image: Ferrari]