Alfa Romeo will once again be a part of Formula 1 after striking a new deal with Swiss team Sauber. It’s not a full-fledged return, however, since Sauber’s cars will get 2018-spec Ferrari Formula 1 engines, but wear Alfa Romeo branding.
Hot on the heels of Alfa Romeo might be Maserati after Auto Express reported Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne may have another deal in the works with American team Haas. Like Alfa Romeo, Maserati would become the team’s title sponsor and technical partner, not a chassis and engine supplier. Maserati F1 cars would also gain Ferrari powertrains, which Haas currently runs, and a place on the F1 stage for further branding and exposure. Also, like Alfa Romeo, Maserati has a rich history with F1.
There could be something greater at play, too. If Maserati were to enter F1, it would give Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari a 3-team voting bloc against the FIA’s proposed changes to power units for the 2021 season. Some of the proposed regulations were not to Marchionne’s liking, and he threatened to pull Ferrari from the motorsport last month.