Alessandro Alunni Bravi, an Italian, has been appointed to a senior leadership position with the Alfa Romeo/Sauber team, which will become Audi in 2026.
The Sauber group’s managing director, Alunni Bravi, has been named team representative.
It elevates him to one of the team’s three leaders under newly appointed CEO Andreas Seidl.
Alunni Bravi will join veteran sporting director Beat Zehnder and technical director Jan Monchaux on the team.
The role reflects Seidl’s decision to structure Sauber/Alfa Romeo differently than other F1 teams.
There will be no formal team leader; instead, leadership will be divided into three roles.
Bravi will attend all press conferences, briefings, and sit on the pit wall.
It is a role with responsibilities similar to those of a team principal, but he sits in the structure alongside the sporting and technical directors rather than above them, as is more typical.
“Alessandro’s vast experience in motorsport has equipped him with all the tools he needs to succeed, and his intimate knowledge of the team, of which he has been a part for more than five years, will ensure stability and continuity in our progression,” said Seidl, who was appointed in December to lead Sauber’s transition into the Audi factory team over the next three years.
“Alessandro representing the team during the Formula 1 championship will allow me to focus on growing the group and preparing for the challenges and opportunities that await us.”
Alunni Bravi, who has been part of the Sauber group since 2017, described the role as a “huge privilege”, adding: “I want to reiterate my commitment to giving my best to live up to their expectations and represent the team in the best possible way.
“I am fully conscious of the work we have ahead of us and of the challenges that face us: I approach this task with humility, knowing I am part of a strong team that will get the job done, and with the belief we have everything we need for a successful future.”
The team is transforming into Audi’s assault on the Formula One World Championship.
The German automaker is in the process of acquiring control of the team, but its name will not appear on it until 2026, when new engine regulations take effect and Audi’s powertrain is installed.
The team will continue to use Ferrari engines until then.
This year, it will race under the Alfa Romeo banner before the Italian manufacturer ends its partnership with Sauber at the end of 2023.
According to a spokesperson, the team’s ownership has not changed as of yet.