Alfa Romeo’s CEO has spoken about the goals the company chases with yearly reviews of the agreement with Sauber.
It has been announced earlier this week that Alfa Romeo will stay in Formula 1 for a couple of more years after extending the deal with Sauber. However, the agreement will be reviewed every year. The company’s CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has unveiled that yearly reviews will help Alfa Romeo adapt to contemporary challenges and ensure stability.
“If I would not have said multi-year, I would not have been consistent in terms of the message of stability. What I need, as Alfa Romeo, I need stability because my job is a long-term job. You do not build the product plan in three years, you need a product plan for 10 years. So I need stability,” he said.
“But in our chaotic world, remember that yesterday, we heard about the proposal of a 2035 ban on ICE, and that [in theory] we can ban tomorrow morning an ICE, without any comment on the COVID-19 [impact]. I would not be responsible if we would not share together as a team each and every year how can we tune the deal.
“[So it’s] in order to be more performing, how can we invent some new things, by the way, for example, of special editions of cars, in order to feed the business and to be reactive.
“So there is absolutely no contradiction between the fact that I want to work on the stable and long term vision, but at the same time, we are keeping up to face the new challenges we have.”