An Alfa Romeo Formula 1 return has been hinted at by Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne
Jimi Beckwith
15 February 2016

Alfa Romeo is considering a Formula 1 comeback, according to Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne, who has suggested a partnership with Ferrari for the brand’s motorsport reboot.

Marchionne suggested the brand’s sporting image would be bolstered by a Formula 1 return. “In order to re-establish itself as a sport brand, Alfa Romeo can and must consider the possibility of a return to race in Formula 1,” he said.

The possibility of an F1 return comes soon after news that Alfa Romeo is to delay its model offensive, originally planned for completion in 2018, until 2020, as well as Ferrari’s new independence from Fiat Chrysler as a brand.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Marchionne revealed that Alfa Romeo would only use Ferrari engines, and “is able to make itself a chassis, and is able to make engines”, adding that a Ferrari-Alfa partnership would be “a classic example of a model to follow”.

The move would be unlike Aston Martin’s proposed move to Formula 1, which was more of a branding proposition, or a Red Bull-Ferrari partnership.

Marchionne said: “You couldn’t imagine a Red Bull brand associated with Ferrari… I say this because they criticise me for not giving them our engine; we either want them in or out."

Marchionne also dismissed suggestions of an Alfa Romeo Le Mans entry, saying: “In the end, this sport [Formula 1] must be saved… I would really like to have it [Alfa] in Formula 1.”

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15 February 2016

It'll spent more time in the pits having bits replaced and bodged than on the track!

 

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15 February 2016

I think before Marchionne ventures into F1 with Alfa, he should concentrate on finishing just one of the many outstanding projects FCA have going on at the moment.

F1 is not going to save Alfa, concept cars are not going to save Alfa, and super expensive roadsters are not going to save Alfa. Instead, building a solid model line up, perhaps with an MX-5 rival halo car would be the way to go. His priority should be getting that Guila into production as soon as possible, with as few quality concessions as possible.

15 February 2016

Is Sergio out of his mind? Ferrari has been doing this for years and is still struggling to beat Mercedes. What chance does Alfa Romeo have?

I love the Alfa Romeo brand. I used to own a 159. But the last thing that Alfa needs right now is to go racing - any kind of racing. It needs to focus on building decent road cars!!! I wonder if Sergio understands anything about cars at all?

Maybe it's time to Sergio to step down. Under him, Fiat has gone nowhere. Lancia is a walking dead. Alfa Romeo hasn't has a 3 series competitor since 2011 when the 159 died.

15 February 2016

Take the new Guillia and put it in a Touring Car series. Surely that would generate more interest than F1.

15 February 2016

Now I could understand an Aston Martin F1 team, especially given their recent partnership with Mercedes AMG, it could be a feeder team for the works Mercedes team just like Torro Rosso are/where for Red Bull, but an Alfa Romeo team "Why?" as mentioned in the comments above, they need to concentrate on getting the brand back to producing a range of respectable road cars before it goes off wasting money motor racing.

15 February 2016

Every morning instead of donning a suit, Sergio pulls the wool over his eyes in the form of a smart-ish jumper/cardigan... now he is pulling the wool over our eyes... with this charade... and in turn taking his eyes off the real issues at Alfa Romeo... most of which are mentioned above...

Great reliable products and range; great distributor teams selling them for you; great after sales service... not exactly rocket science is it... the Koreans can do it, so why not you Sergio?

15 February 2016

They should try a road car marketplace comeback first. Then, if they're not bust by 2020, try some motorsport.


15 February 2016

Give us some actual Alfa cars worth buying then think about the vanity projects. I doubt FIAT can afford the F1 effort anyway.

16 February 2016

is his brilliant sense of humour. Who knew, eh...? Look out for him on 'Live at the Apollo'.....

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16 February 2016

They would never come anywhere or be taken seriously as the quality of some the interior plastics will not be a good as the Mclaren Mercedes.

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