user icon

A big announcement is imminent at Sauber

  • Published on 02 Sep 2017 16:37
  • comments 5
  • By: Sam Gale

Rumours in the Paddock are saying that the Sauber team are apparently preparing for a big announcement either this weekend or early next week. Whilst many expect this to be the announcement of Charles Leclerc as their driver for next year, a move that has been heavily rumoured since Sauber confirmed that they will be running fresh Ferrari engines next year, it has also been suggested that the team could be in for a name change.

It has been suggested that the team will be rebranded as Alfa Romeo, a team name that has not been seen in F1 since 1988, but were a hugely successful marque in the very early days of F1, winning the first ever F1 world championship. The manufacturer is now owned by Fiat and would represent a stronger link between the Sauber team and Ferrari, effectively confirming the team as a Ferrari junior team.

Team Principal Frederic Vasseur however is refusing to speculate on this matter however, insisting it is not as simple as Sauber becoming a Ferrari junior team and Leclerc driving for them saying: "The deal is based on the powertrain, but then we will discuss that we could extend the deal on another parameter for some other parts. I think he (Leclerc) has to be focused on the Formula 2 championship, There's still a couple of races to go and it's a bit too early to discuss that." 

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has recently been responsible for an Alfa Romeo resurgence, and in a recent interview seemed to suggest a return to F1 is perhaps on the table with Sauber the most likely destination. He said on the matter of Alfa Romeo: "The instantly recognisable thoroughbred character of Alfa is something that few other brands can claim or even aspire to, today the brand is ready to retake its rightful position as one of the world’s leading premium car brands."

Replies (5)

Login to reply
  • I'd be a bit sad if the Sauber name were to disappear.

    • + 0
    • Sep 2 2017 - 17:40
    • Kevin

      Posts: 5,253

      Me too, but if we get such a big historic brand in return, I think it's a good trade off.

      • + 0
      • Sep 2 2017 - 19:26
    • HEINZ

      Posts: 61

      Yes it is, but we knew it would be coming after BMW left...

      • + 0
      • Sep 2 2017 - 19:29
    • Yeah, even if it likely would be a Ferrari B Team.

      • + 0
      • Sep 2 2017 - 20:25
  • Wouldn't like to see Sauber disappear but a big manufacturer name would be good for F1

    • + 0
    • Sep 2 2017 - 19:45

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Ferrari
  • Points 797
  • Podiums 21
  • Grand Prix 98
  • Country Monaco
  • Date of b. Oct 16 1997 (24)
  • Place of b. Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.8 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom
8 - Jul 10
Austria
22 - Jul 24
France
29 - Jul 31
Hungary
26 - Aug 28
Belgium
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands
9 - Sep 11
Italy
30 - Oct 2
Singapore
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom Silverstone
8 - Jul 10
Austria Red Bull Ring
22 - Jul 24
France Paul Ricard
29 - Jul 31
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Aug 28
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
9 - Sep 11
Italy Monza
30 - Oct 2
See full schedule
show sidebar