Last year Alfa Romeo was in talks to provide Red Bull Racing with Ferrari engines rebadged as Alfa Romeo engines for the 2016 Formula 1 season, however the plans fell through and Red Bull decided to stick with its Renault power units. That doesn’t mean you’ll never see the Alfa Romeo badge on the F1 grid, though.
As Motorsport reports, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently made statements alluding to Alfa’s eventual re-entry into Formula 1. He says putting Alfa back on the F1 grid is important to restoring the Italian manufacturer’s sporting image, and with its close ties to Ferrari, the brand would already have a successful partner to link up with.
“In order to restore their name they must consider returning to Formula 1,” Marchionne told Italy’s Gazetto Dello Sport. “They would probably work with Ferrari.”
Marchionne said that despite the potential technical partnership with Ferrari, Alfa Romeo would work separately from the Maranello-based team and may even develop its own chassis and engine – funds permitting, of course.
“Alfa Romeo are capable of making their own chassis, just like they are capable of making their own engine,” he said.
Despite the recent introduction of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan, Marchionne ruled out any possibility of the brand doing sportscar or touring car racing. Rather than put a car in Le Mans or America’s IMSA WeatherTech Championship, he’d prefer to put all the company’s eggs into the F1 basket.
“I would rather see them in F1,”Marchionne said.