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Alfa Romeo takes over naming of F1 team from partner Sauber

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HINWIL, Switzerland (AP) Italian car brand Alfa Romeo will be the only name on its Formula One team partnership with Switzerland-based Sauber this season.

The rebranding means 2007 F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will be driving for Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019.

The team was called Alfa Romeo Sauber when it finished eighth in the constructors’ standings last year.

Sauber says the “long-term partnership … has been further extended, with the ownership and management of Sauber remaining unchanged and independent.”

Alfa Romeo drivers won the first two F1 championships – Giuseppe “Nino” Farina in 1950 and Juan Manuel Fangio in 1951 – then left the series after 1985 until returning with Sauber.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen takes pole at Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken pole position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

It’s the second career pole for the Dutch driver, who beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.123 seconds.

Verstappen’s first pole was earlier this season at the Hungarian GP in August.

Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start from third position. The 2018 winner at Interlagos finished 0.191 seconds back.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Hamilton was fastest in final practice earlier Saturday, 0.026 quicker than Verstappen.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday is the penultimate race of the season. Hamilton secured the season title, his sixth, in the previous race in the U.S.