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Alfa Romeo returns to F1 after almost four decades

November 30, 2017, 01:21 PM IST by Omkar Thakur
Alfa Romeo returns to F1 after almost four decades

Enzo Ferrari used to race Alfa Romeos till he decided to go on his own. Alfa was a racing big-wig but after it stopped supplying engines in 1979, the Italian car maker has been out of action in F1, the sport widely marketed as the pinnacle of four-wheel racing. But now, after inking a deal with Sauber, Alfa is all set to make a comeback to the grid in 2018.

The new team will be called the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team and thanks to its extensive ties with Ferrari, the teams will be running Ferrari engines in the coming season. Alfa Romeo’s role is to provide engineering support and develop new technologies to make the car go faster, especially after Sauber was at the bottom of the leader-board in 2017.  Alfa’s long standing experience with Ferrari engines should help them work better with the Ferrari engineers and improve at a faster pace.

It is likely that the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 will act as the satellite team for Ferrari allowing them to experiment and gather data to hasten their charge on the Mercedes reign. The Ferraris were even faster than Mercedes at a few circuits this year and with more support, they might be able to take the challenge for the title in 2018. Alfa Romeo will also take on its old foe, Aston Martin, on the grid next year. The British team has inked a deal with Red-Bull as its partner for its F1 campaign.

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