Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is keen to see Alfa Romeo return to the Formula 1 grid one day. Back in 2015, the Italian-Canadian executive was quoted in saying FCA is “thinking about” bringing Alfa back to F1 and said it’s “important” for it to compete in the race series. He then doubled down on those sentiments late last year, demonstrating just how serious he was about seeing an Alfa in the F1 paddock one day soon.
Graphic designer Rupertgraphic recently illustrated what he thinks an Alfa Romeo F1 car would look like. For his theoretical design, he used a dark red bodycolor that switches to black in certain parts with a gradient. The main sponsor is Italian bitter liqeur company Cynar, which is joined by other branding from Campari and Alfa Romeo’s Quadrifoglio performance sub-brand. Red body-color wheels complete the eccentric look.
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It’s of course impossible to say what a modern day Alfa Romeo F1 car would truly look like, but we imagine there’d be few complaints if the car seen here turned up on the grid one day. It sports Alfa’s dark shade of red, which would set it apart from the Ferrari with which it may share parts with, and also has some typical Italian sponsorship.
Marchionne said an Alfa F1 team could “become a fine breeding ground for young Italian drivers.” If his plan ever did come to fruition, it’s likely Alfa’s F1 team would enjoy a technical partnership with Ferrari. He said Alfa would probably construct its own chassis and engines, however it would do so using technical know-how from Ferrari, which would in turn make development easier and less expensive.
Alfa’s return to F1 is still a long way out, probably, so for now, check out Rupertgraphic’s design and let us know what you think in the comments below.