Alfa Romeo Racing is an Italian motor manufacturer participating in Formula One while being operated by Sauber Motorsport. The company started competing very early in 1950 and won the driver championships with Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio. The company returned to the grid as a title sponsor in 2018. In 2019 the team would make an official return to the grid as a constructor as Sauber would be renamed as Alfa Romeo Racing.
Alfa Romeo (1950–1951)
In 1950 Alfa Romeo was part of the Inaugural World Championship. Nino Farina, driving an Alfa Romeo won the World Championship in a 156 with a supercharger. In 1951, Juan Manuel Fangio won the World Championship driving an Alfetta 159 which was an evolution of 158 with a two-stage compressor. The Alfetta’s engines were extremely powerful and would produce around 420 bhp. Alfa Romeo would face increased competition from their former employee, Ferrari in 1952 and would decide to withdraw from the competition owing to a lack of funding by the Italian Government.
Alfa Romeo Racing (2019–Present)
In 2019, Alfa Romeo returned to the grid as Alfa Romeo Racing. The first challenger, the C38, was named continuing the naming convention from the previous Sauber Formula One Cars. The team will have former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen as one of the drivers, driving alongside Antonio Giovinazzi. Taking over a midfield team struggling for finances, Alfa Romeo’s first season in 2019 had modest results as the team would finish 8th in the standings with just 57 points on the board. This would be a far cry from the team’s lofty in its early iterations.
The team would suffer a further setback in 2020. The team, using Ferrari engines, was massively hindered by the latest FIA ruling that compromised the Ferrari engines for the 2020 season. Alfa Romeo had an underwhelming season as the car was consistently off the pace and could only put together 8 points in the season.
The team would continue with Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen for the 2021 season.
Some of the prominent drivers to have driven for Alfa Romeo include Kimi Raikkonen, Juan Manuel Fangio, and Nino Farina.