Alfa Romeo F1 team principal Frederic Vasseur has denied knowledge of talks between the Sauber and Volkswagen groups, as suggested by a recent report from a German publication. Auto Motor and Sport (AMuS). The Frenchman claimed that they are only focused on their current team business.
Asked at the team principals’ press conference in Australia about a possible tie-up with Audi for the 2026 season, Vasseur said:
“No, I have absolutely no information on the discussion between the Sauber Group and the Volkswagen Group and so far we are focusing on our current activities and nothing else.”
While the Alfa Romeo team principal has denied any association with Audi, a recent report has suggested the same. the AMuS report suggested that former Audi employees working in the Swiss-based team and developing the Audi Le Mans car in their wind tunnel made the Sauber Group an obvious choice for the German automaker.
Meanwhile, Audi and Porsche both want to enter the sport in 2026. Confirmation will be announced after the manufacturers sign their agreements with existing teams or if they decide to participate as individual entities.
Valtteri Bottas hailed Alfa Romeo’s performance at the Australian GP
Without the unlucky safety car, Valtteri Bottas thinks the Alfa Romeo team had a good weekend in Melbourne. Satisfied with his race, the Finn felt that the team had implemented the perfect strategy and was able to collect valuable points.
Describing the team’s overall performance, Bottas said:
“Overall I think it was a good race, a good strategy. A little bad luck with the safety car as we stopped before but other than that it was fine. It was a good performance with tight races and battles from start to finish. Of course, the most important thing is that we brought in points, and that is due to the good work of everyone in the team; I’m happy with the calls that were made and the way we ran.
Although the former Mercedes driver was pushed off the track on the restart by Lance Stroll, he managed an eighth place finish, securing four points for his team. Bottas, who isn’t usually critical of other riders’ tactics, felt the Canadian was over his limit with his riding style.
Speaking about his clash with Stroll during the race, the Finn said:
“The weave made it very difficult for me to decide where to go and it was a bit borderline I guess and that overshoot obviously forced me off the track so I don’t think it’s like that. that you should run.”
Nonetheless, Bottas was pleased with his side’s performance and contribution to their points tally. The current result puts the Alfa Romeo team sixth in the constructors’ standings, as they edge out Ferrari-powered rivals Haas.