Alfa Romeo provides solid explanation for overlooking a partnership with Haas after ending its ties with Sauber

Alfa Romeo will be seen competing in Formula E and WEC in the upcoming years.


Alfa Romeo provides solid explanation for overlooking a partnership with Haas after ending its ties with Sauber

Vallteri Bottas vs Nico Hulkenberg at Singapoore GP (via IMAGO)

The Alfa Romeo brand is no longer associated with the pinnacle of motor racing for the time being. With the culmination of the 2023 F1 season, Alfa Romeo’s deal with the Sauber group has come to an end, and the former has recently talked about overlooking a potential partnership with Haas for 2024.

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Alfa Romeo’s contract with the Sauber group came to an end in Abu Dhabi after six long years and now the group is looking to spread its wings in some of the other racing categories. Moreover, the Italian car manufacturer has made it known that a deal did not come to fruition with Haas because they just were not willing to have their stickers on the American team’s car just for the sake of it.

While elaborating on the same, Alfa Romeo’s CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, as reported by Soymotor; made it clear that Alfa Romeo was not too pleased with how their deal with Sauber turned out, and thus, was not willing to repeat the same story by simply putting its name on the Gunther-Steiner-led team’s F1 car.

We were not interested in aspiring to do a copy-and-paste operation in the style of what was done with Sauber. It would have led us to become one of those who put stickers on the bodywork. It would have ceased to be new and we would not have been part of a story.

Alfa Romeo managed a sixth-place finish in partnership with Sauber in 2022

While Alfa Romeo has explained why it did not get into a partnership with Haas for the upcoming years of F1, the 2023 campaign was a painful one for them. Sauber and Alfa had high expectations this year but at the end of the great circus, they were only able to manage a disappointing P9 finish.

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Alfa Romeo (Credits: Motorsport.com)
Alfa Romeo (Credits: Motorsport.com)

The two groups experienced decent glory in 2022, as because of the efforts of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, they were able to finish the campaign in a respectable sixth place. Given the resource gap that Alfa Romeo/Sauber had with the heavy hitters, it was a brilliant display.

Alfa Romeo would have liked to bow out of the pinnacle of motor racing on a high note, but 2023 just did not go their way. Now, with the group focusing its resources on some of the other well-known racing categories, it would be fascinating to see how they will perform.

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