Boomstick wrote:mario wrote:Boomstick wrote:Oh I will bounce off the walls big time if there is a Alfa Romeo team ....with joy that is!
(The only team I could ditch Williams for)
You're going to have to keep on dreaming about that - bear in mind that Alfa Romeo is part of the Fiat group, and as Jeremy Clarkson once said on the relationship between Alfa Romeo and Ferrari "Making an Alfa Romeo that is faster than a Ferrari would be more sacrilegious than vomiting on the Pope".
On a serious note, it does beg the question of who the team might want to take over as title sponsor - if things are going as badly wrong as we think over at Group Lotus, it'd make sense to ditch the Lotus name fairly quickly to avoid being tarnished by association. As Backmarker points out, whilst the Enstone team will probably survive, albeit under a different name, the teams in the lower open wheel series or sports cars (including Kolles's team, who were due to run a Group Lotus branded LMP2 car) could take a much larger financial hit, or collapse altogether.
Well Ferrari did grow out of Alfa Romeo to start with....and any "Alfa" team would use a Ferrari motor, just like the 8c....so a real Alfa Romeo? No
Still I honestly wonder what was going through Enzo's head when Fiat purchased Alfa in 1986...the Alfa Romeo F1 team had withdrawn a year before at Adelaide, revenge? But then Alfa did have this wierd tie up with the Ligier team, but they got ditched for the BMW megatron motor?
I suppose at that time Ferrari where on the ropes a bit, and the worst case scenario for Enzo would be Alfa Romeo doing well. Still that crappy Turbo V8 was too thirsty to be a problem to him :-/
Whilst it is true that the Alfa Romeo branded team withdrew in 1985, it could be argued that Alfa Romeo had effectively withdrawn in 1983 - the last two years of the F1 team's operations were under the management of Euroracing (although Autodelta, Alfa's racing subsidiary, continued supplying engines, Euroracing were designing and manufacturing the rest of the car).
As for Enzo Ferrari, he probably would not have been too concerned about Alfa Romeo - given that Alfa Romeo's finances were pretty poor at the time, their racing programs weren't really properly funded, plus the turbo V8 (which never really made sense at the time, or indeed now) was, as you say, far too thirsty for a fuel limited formula.