Arrivabene could move to Sauber, source speculates

A Formula 1 insider suggests that ousted Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene could end up working with Ferrari defacto B-team Alfa Romeo-Sauber.

An Auto Bild opinion-column regarding Arrivabene’s departure from Ferrari put the suggestion forward. The paper’s Formula 1 reporter Ralf Bach wrote the piece, which was published in German.

He suggested Arrivabene could act as a coordinator for Sauber if Alfa Romeo upped their involvement in the Swiss team.

Arrivabene left Ferrari last week after serving as the Team Principal for four seasons. In that time, he’d failed to produce a championship and topple the dominance of Mercedes.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen alongside Alfa Romeo-Sauber’s Charles Leclerc (Image courtesy of Sauber F1 Team).

Ferrari said in a statement that the decision was taken after 
“lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.”

Bach suggested that Arrivabene could coordinate between the FIAT owners and Sauber’s Switzerland base if a takeover happened.

[Read about Maurizio Arrivabene’s Ferrari departure and what it could mean for the Scuderia in 2019]

The Alfa Romeo brand began a sponsorship deal with Sauber at the beginning of 2018.

Alfa Romeo and Ferrari are both owned by the FIAT-Chrysler group.

Rumours of an Alfa Romeo takeover have been floated since FIAT-Chrysler started the Sauber sponsorship deal in 2018.

Maurizio Arrivabene (left) with Sebastian Vettel at the start of 2015 (Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari).

Then, in May of 2018, Ferrari chief designer Simone Resta left the Scuderia to take over Sauber’s chief technical role.

Just days after this announcement, Swiss news outlet Handelszeitung reported a company called Islero Investments assumed ownership of Sauber from Longbow Finance.

Resta’s move, alongside this ownership change, suggeste Alfa Romeo were preparing for a complete takeover of the Swiss-based team.

But, no official move has been made yet. For 2019, Alfa Romeo remain merely a sponsor of Sauber whilst Ferrari supply power units to the team.

This video details the number of wins and podiums Ferrari achieved under Arrivabene’s leadership.

In October 2018, Italian media linked Arrivabene to a role with the Italian football club Juventus, where he already serves as a non-executive director.

The media named him as one of nine contenders for the club’s general director role, following the resignation of Guiseppe Marotta.

At the time, Milan newspaper Il Giornale published an article describing Arrivabene’s move from Ferrari as “difficile“, which means “difficult” in English.

Juventus is yet to appoint a new general director.

“Die Zukunft wird es zeigen,” Bach wrote to finish his piece regarding Arrivabene’s future, which roughly translate to “the future will show.”

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Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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