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After 3 decades, powered by Ferrari, Alfa Romeo to return to F1 Racing

Alfa Romeo is known around the world for its racing heritage and technological excellence

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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Alfa Romeo, the Italian brand owned by (FCA), on Wednesday signed a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement with for participation in the world championship beginning with the 2018 season.

The official name will be Sauber Team.

The single-seaters will sport the distinctive colours and logo of Alfa Romeo, the team's title sponsor, and will be equipped with the 2018 Ferrari power units.

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, said, "This agreement with the Sauber Team is a significant step in the reshaping of the brand, which will return to after an absence of more than 30 years."

"A storied marque that has helped make the history of this sport, will join other major automakers that participate in The brand itself will also benefit from the sharing of technology and strategic know-how with a partner of the Sauber Team's undisputed experience."

"The engineers and technicians, who have already demonstrated their capabilities with the newly-launched models, Giulia and Stelvio, will have the opportunity to make that experience available to the Sauber Team," Marchionne said.

"At the same time, fans will once again have the opportunity to support an automaker that is determined to begin writing an exciting new chapter in its unique, legendary sporting history," he added.

Pascal Picci, chairman of Sauber Holding AG, said: "We are very pleased to welcome to the Sauber Team. has a long history of success in Grand Prix racing, and we are very proud that this internationally renowned company has chosen to work with us for its return to the pinnacle of motorsport."

"Working closely with a car manufacturer is a great opportunity for the Sauber Group to further develop its technology and engineering projects. We are confident that together we can bring the Sauber Team great success, and look forward to a long and successful partnership," Picci added.

The return of Alfa Romeo, one of the major protagonists in history, is expected to contribute significantly to the appeal and future development of the sport.

is known around the world for its racing heritage and technological excellence.

First Published: Wed, November 29 2017. 21:08 IST