More Alfa Romeo in F1 talk from Marchionne

There’s no doubt that I’d love to see Alfa Romeo return to Formula 1. It is synonymous with the very beginning of the sport and was the car of choice for Enzo Ferrari before he created Ferrari.

Alfa’s on-again, off-again relationship with F1 is well knows but Fiat Chrysler boss, Sergio Marchionne, says he’d rather see the car maker enter F1 than WEC or other series. In this, I agree with him as the marque has a rich history of being in F1. It’s like Lancia and Rally or Porsche and Le Mans.

“In order to re-establish itself as a sport brand, Alfa Romeo can and must consider the possibility of return to race in Formula 1,” Marchionne told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“How? Probably in a collaboration with Ferrari.”

The collaboration would most likely be on the engine side of the equation as Sergio says Alfa is fully capable of making their own chassis. Possibly a very similar situation to Sauber of Haas F1 in a sense.

The folks at Alfa Romeo last participated in the mid-80’s and bowed out of the sport in 85. It would be terrific to see it back and would make a terrific team in the FCA empire.

Hat Tip: Reuters

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Tom Firth

Presumably it would be a rebadged Ferrari engine, and a collaborated ‘Alfa’ chassis, with Ferrari? I just can’t see how FCA would ever sign off on two mostly independent competing manufacturers, under its umbrella in F1 at a time that everyone is complaining about costs associated.

VW has enough criticism doing it in WEC. I’d like to see them back in F1 and agree F1 is the place Alfa Romeo should be, if it isn’t touring car racing.

Paul KieferJr

Shouldn’t they prove first that they’re going to do it before they talk about it?