Red Bull chief Christian Horner believes the return of the Alfa Romeo name to Formula 1 for 2018 proves Ferrari’s long-term commitment to the sport despite its recent quit threat.
The Alfa Romeo and Ferrari brands are both part of the Fiat-Chrysler Alliance, and will be in F1 together next year for the first time since 1985.
Alfa Romeo will become the title sponsor of Sauber – which will be known as Alfa Romeo Sauber – as part of an expanded technical partnership with Ferrari.
FCA chairman Sergio Marchionne said recently that Ferrari would have to consider its future in F1 depending on Liberty Media’s vision for the sport, but Horner feels the arrival of Alfa Romeo proves its commitment to the series.
“[Alfa] come under the same management as Sergio, so I can’t believe he’d have brought Alfa Romeo in for Ferrari to be leaving in a couple of years,” Horner told Reuters.
“I think it demonstrates that Formula 1 is obviously working and creating the recognition, otherwise the group wouldn’t have brought the Alfa brand into Formula 1.
“Formula 1 needs Ferrari and Ferrari needs Formula 1. It’s a marriage of convenience in many respects but both entities ultimately need each other.
“And we certainly want Ferrari in Formula 1. A Formula 1 with Ferrari in, it’s one of the biggest brands in the world, and they are a great team to compete against.”