Alfa Romeo F1 team decide against traditional team principal for 2023

MD Alessandro Alunni Bravi will operate as team representative at race weekends.
  • Bravi will also represent team away from the track at all official functions
  • Seidl's role as chief executive focused on wider Sauber Group and transition to Audi

The Alfa Romeo Formula One team have announced current managing director Alessandro Alunni Bravi will act as a team representative, forgoing a traditional team principal.

The Italian, who has been with Sauber Group since 2017, will represent the team on race weekends and away from the track at all official functions.

The team were looking for a replacement team principal following the departure of Frédéric Vasseur, who served in the role for five years.

Alfa Romeo had secured the appointment of former McLaren Racing team principal Andreas Seidl as chief executive, replacing an aspect of Vasseur's previous remit, but this role is focused on the team's transition to Audi.

This move represents the first major action of Seidl's tenure leading the team, allowing the German to focus on the wider growth of the Sauber Group while Bravi handles the performance of the team.

In October last year, it was announced that the Swiss team will become Audi's factory team in time for the beginning of the 2026 season. This is being led by former racing driver Allan McNish on the German brand's side.

“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,” said Seidl.

“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.”

Bravi added: “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 in this time will enable me to fulfil this task and represent the team according to our shared vision and our objectives.”

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