Alfa Romeo have announced that Sauber Group Managing Director Alessandro Alunni Bravi will take on the additional role of ‘Team Representative’ for the 2023 F1 campaign.
Alunni Bravi has been part of the Sauber Group – who run the Alfa Romeo F1 entry – since 2017, and is now set to represent the team in all official functions at race weekends and away from the track.
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It follows Andreas Seidl’s appointment as CEO of the Sauber Group, with the former McLaren team boss officially starting his role at the company on January 9.
A Sauber press release added that Alunni Bravi will “work together with the technical and operational departments to continue the team’s growth and success”, while “allowing Andreas Seidl to focus on his objective of further growth of the Sauber Group”.
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“I want to thank Andreas and our shareholders for their trust, and I want to reiterate my commitment to giving my best to live up to their expectations and represent the team in the best possible way,” said Alunni Bravi.
“It is a huge privilege to keep working with a group of incredible people who, over many years, have helped me integrate within the Sauber Group: what they gave me at this time will enable me to fulfill this task and represent the team according to our shared vision and our objectives.
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“I am fully conscious of the work we have ahead of us and of the challenges that face us: I approach this task with humility, knowing I am part of a strong team that will get the job done, and with the belief we have everything we need for a successful future.”
Seidl added: “I am delighted to confirm the appointment of Alessandro Alunni Bravi to the role of Team Representative, in addition to his existing duties of Managing Director of the Group.
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“His vast experience in motorsport has equipped him with all the tools he needs to succeed, and his intimate knowledge of the team, of which he has been part for more than five years, will ensure stability and continuity in our progression.
“Alessandro representing the team during the Formula 1 championship will allow me to focus on growing the Group and preparing for the challenges and opportunities that await us. I thank Alessandro for his belief in our vision and I welcome him to this additional position.
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“I am convinced this is another valuable addition to what is without any doubt a very strong team, from the drivers to the management team, to each one of our employees, capable of building on last year’s success and creating a bright future for Sauber. ”
Alfa Romeo edged out Aston Martin for P6 in last year’s F1 constructors’ standings, with Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu remaining as their two drivers for the upcoming season.