The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team – created through an agreement between the Swiss Sauber F1 Team and its engine supplier, Ferrari – held an event in Milan this past weekend to unveil its brand-new racing livery for the 2018 Formula 1 season. The team’s cars will wear a read and white color scheme, with a big Alfa Romeo logo positioned on the upper bodywork.
The 2018 Formula 1 season will mark Alfa Romeo’s first year back in F1 racing in three decades. Although it doesn’t represent the factory works team many fans have been hoping for, under the agreement, Alfa Romeo will provide engineers and technicians to assist Sauber’s F1 efforts.
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team also announced its 2018 driver lineup in Milan, revealing that Marcus Ericsson, who’s completed three seasons with Sauber F1 since 2015, will return for a fourth – his fifth season in F1 racing overall. Pascal Wehrlein will not return for 2018, and will be replaced by Charles Leclerc, who completed four practice sessions for Sauber F1 Team last season, and two tire tests. Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Wehrlein on two occasions in 2017, will run six practice sessions for Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
“We are all delighted about the cooperation with Alfa Romeo,” says Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur. “Today, we created the foundation for our partnership at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy. With Marcus [Ericsson] and Charles [Leclerc], we have a strong driver duo for the debut season of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.”