Alfa Romeo had a successful entry into Formula 1 history in 1950 and 1951. Giuseppe „Nino“ Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio had won the first two Formula 1 title victories. But already in the predecessor races of the Formula 1, the European Championships, Alfa Romeo had successfully asserted itself and was called in the same breath with the glorious names of racers Tazio Novulari and Achille Varzi, who scored several victories with Alfa Romeos.
Until 1985, the Ferrari racing cars wore the green shamrock of Alfa Romeo. After that, Alfa Romeo retired from Formula One. Now, after 37 years, Alfa Romeo returns from the 2018 season back to Formula 1. Ferrari recently signed a contract with the Swiss racing Sauber. Fiat, whose brand includes Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, is headed by Sergio Marchionne. Sauber board members Pascal Picci and Marchionne agreed that the partnership will produce a promising new episode in Formula One racing history and build on Alfa Romeo’s successful history. Alfa Romeo will primarily be responsible for engine development for the racing cars.
The new F1 racing cars will be controlled by the current Ferrari protégé Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericson, or Antonio Giovinazzi.