Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C39 No.7 Turkish GP 2020 Sauber 500th Race Kimi Räikkönen
The Sauber team no longer exists in name, but it has not disappeared completely, as it continues to compete in Formula 1 under the name Alfa Romeo. The team's history dates back to 1993 and in 2020 they will reach an important milestone at the Turkish Grand Prix, when they will have completed their 500th Grand Prix in Formula 1.
Since 1993, the Italian-Swiss team has been through many eras. It has been a top team, a massive midfield and a member of the beaten track. Much to Alfa Romeo's chagrin, in 2020 they were mostly in the latter group, so the best they could hope for on this important anniversary was a points finish.
However, the autumn weather in November thoroughly shuffled the cards and the order of strength in Turkey, giving teams like Alfa Romeo a chance to finish ahead by fishing in the murky waters. Despite a weak car, the early leader of the field has shone more than once this season. In Monza, Portugal and Turkey, he proved that he is the old man of the house. Kimi Räikkönen drove the Alfa Romeo C39 to a brilliant 8th place in qualifying in rainy conditions, but the race was far from a success. The Finn struggled with grip and the Alfa Romeo's shortcomings came to the fore and he slipped back to finish the race in 15th place.
Spark pays tribute to the Sauber-Alfa Romeo 500 Grand Prix with this beautiful 1:43 scale model car.