Alfa Romeo F1 is in turmoil behind the scenes with the resignation of Sauber’s chairman.
The Alfa Romeo F1 team is actually owned and managed by Switzerland-based Sauber Motorsport. Recently, Sauber Motorsport has been interested in selling the team to Michael Andretti.
“It was very disappointing that the deal wasn’t signed,” said Michael Andretti.
“At that time, we thought we were literally 48 hours away until we signed the contract.”
Michael Andretti doesn’t say what went wrong, but admits that there was one “drinkable” contractual detail.
At about the same time, Andretti was proposing plans for IndyCar’s top star Colton Herta to replace Antonio Giovinatti as an F1 driver in 2022.
Eventually, Alfa Romeo F1 team representative Frederick Vasul also dropped all other candidates to sign a contract with China-backed F2 driver Guanyu Zhou.
As a result, Pascal Pitch, chairman of Longbow Finance, team owner of Sauber Motorsport, has decided to complete the project altogether.
“It’s a difficult time for Alfa Romeo,” confirmed Roger Benoit, a veteran journalist who contributed to Blick.
“A month ago, Pascal Pitt resigned because he thought it was enough. He no longer wants to have anything to do with Vasul,” he said.
Roger Benoit believes Pascal Pitch also opposed the deal with Valtteri Bottas.
“Pitch wanted to continue the plans for Sergio Marchionne, who died in 2018, which included a stronger connection between Hinwil and Ferrari with his favorite Jobinatti,” Roger Benoit said. Added.
Instead, Frederick Vasul has a contract with Valtteri Bottas, who released Mercedes F1, and Guanyu Zhou, a member of the Alpine F1 Academy.
“It’s unlikely to please Alfa Romeo’s engine partners,” Roger Benoit said.
“It shows that Maranello is becoming less and less influential.”
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