REPORTS: Alfa Romeo Looking to Ditch Ferrari F1 Engines for Mercedes in Bombshell Update

Published 08/31/2021, 9:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga


Valtteri Bottas’ future with Mercedes has been hanging in balance ever since George Russell made his impression at the Sakhir GP last season. Consequently, there was a paper talk going around the paddock claiming Bottas had initiated discussions with Alfa Romeo regarding the 2022 F1 seat, potentially replacing Kimi Raikkonen.

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However, reports have claimed that Alfa Romeo aren’t only looking to pursue a Mercedes driver but also their engine as well.

Alfa Romeo, which falls under the ownership of Sauber Motorsports AG, have been one of the prime customers of Ferrari for 12 years, which could soon come to an end.

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Alfa Romeo switching to Mercedes engines?

The performance out of Ferrari’s engines have been in the decline since the 2020 season, which has significantly affected Alfa Romeo’s seasonal targets. Although the Scuderias did manage to develop a decent power unit for 2021, it doesn’t seem enough for the Italian outfit to challenge the mid-field pack.

Hence, according to F1-Insider, Sauber’s owner, Rausing, is keen on terminating the relationship with Ferrari and switching to the title contender, Mercedes.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

As of now, Alfa Romeo are evaluating all possible options, and are seemingly reluctant in signing a new contract with Ferrari. Hence, if the talks with Mercedes do go through perfectly, Alfa Romeo could rise up to be the fifth F1 team to sport a Mercedes power unit at the back.

Also, the fact that Ola Källenius, head of Mercedes-Benz, is also one of the board members of the Rausing family-owned Tetra Laval group, is going to bolster the chances of Mercedes and Alfa Romeo reaching an agreement sooner than expected.

Fortunes set to take a wild turn?

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Alfa Romeo have been one of the poorest performing F1 teams of this season, only ahead of Haas. The Italian outfit, at one point, were looking stronger than Williams.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in action during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

However, the latter’s back-to-back show at Hungaroring and Spa meant that they leap-frogged past Alfa Romeo in the constructors’ standings.

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Hence, with a potential Bottas-Ilott line-up on cards for 2022 along with a Mercedes engine at the back, Sauber could return to their real form, which stormed the mid-field pack during the early 2010s. But will these speculations turn out to be true in reality?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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