Since Sauber’s Alfa Romeo deal started in 2018, one seat within the staff has been reserved for a driver nominated by engine associate Ferrari from its pool of younger expertise.
Charles Leclerc occupied it in 2018, earlier than present incumbent Antonio Giovinazzi took over the next yr.
On Tuesday, Sauber announced that it has extended its partnership with Alfa Romeo in a multi-year deal that’s believed to run to 2024.
When negotiating the most recent contract, Vasseur ensured that he had flexibility on driver selection sooner or later. Sauber Junior Group member Theo Pouchaire is presently starring in F2 with ART, and is an apparent future candidate for a seat. Nevertheless, Vasseur has beforehand indicated that 2022 would be too early for the teenager to step up to F1.
Regardless of the contractual freedom, Vasseur has made it clear that the staff stays open to operating drivers from Ferrari’s academy, and thus Giovinazzi, present reserve Callum Ilott, Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman are all potential choices.
“For positive the driving force subject is a key level,” Vasseur advised Autosport. “We could have a free selection of the driving force sooner or later. However for positive the hyperlink with Ferrari signifies that we are able to simply talk about with them about their very own pool of drivers.
“We’ve got Antonio, he’s bettering, he’s doing a great job, and the goal for me is to maintain this hyperlink with Ferrari. However we now have a free selection, and let’s talk about with them.”
Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41
Photograph by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images
Alfa Romeo’s new CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato stated he is not going to be concerned in selecting drivers for the staff.
“Every to their very own commerce,” he advised L’Equipe. “So the reply isn’t any! There is just one individual selecting, and that will probably be Fred Vasseur. I understand how to promote automobiles, he is aware of find out how to run a staff. He is been doing it for 25 years and does it very properly.
“We collectively determined that as a final resort he is the one who will resolve who’s within the seat. And he’ll do it on the proper second, as he all the time has.”