Alfa Romeo has ended a thirty-two year hiatus from Formula One and will return to the sport in 2018.
The Italian manufacturer has agreed a partnership with Sauber F1 in a move that has Ferrari's fingerprints all over it. Sauber has long been considered to effectively be the 'sister' team to the Scuderia. Powered by Ferrari engines, Sauber have also given seats to Ferrari youth drivers in recent seasons, including Charles Le Clerc, who is expected to be given a full-time drive for next season as part of the deal.
Ferrari part own the Alfa Romeo brand, and there have been whispers all season of a possible return. Boss Sergio Marchionne described the partnership as "a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement".
Alfa Romeo have a rather decorated history in Formula One; they won two consecutive world championships during the early years of the sport, in 1950 and 1951, led by the great Juan Manuel Fangio. The last involvement came in 1985, the end of a seven year stay as a factory team.