What Engine Does Alfa Romeo Use In F1? (2024)


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Alfa Romeo is a historic and well-respected name in Formula 1, with their debut in the sport dating back to 1950. Since then, they have enjoyed considerable success in world sportscars under the guidance of Peter Sauber, producing competitive cars and developing young drivers.  

However, their presence in F1 has been on-and-off as they have taken part in only 186 Grand Prix. They have won 10 races, achieved 26 podiums and won the Drivers Championship in 1950 and 1951.

One of the most important questions when it comes to Alfa Romeo in F1 remains: what engine do they use? In this article, we will examine what engine Alfa Romeo use in their F1 cars. We’ll also tell you whether they make the engine in-house or if they source it from another manufacturer.

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What engine does Alfa Romeo use in F1?

The Alfa Romeo F1 team is currently powered by the Ferrari 1.6 liter V6 turbo hybrid engine, which they have been using for nearly 100 Grands Prix. The Italian brand has a close relationship with Ferrari and has an extensive history in Formula 1, despite having taken part in only 186 Grand Prix over the years.

Does Alfa Romeo make their own F1 engine?

No, Alfa Romeo does not make its own F1 engine. The Italian brand is currently a customer team for Ferrari, using the Ferrari 1.6 liter V6 turbo hybrid engine in their cars. They have been relying on this engine since 2018.

However, when Alfa Romeo first entered the Formula 1 World Championship, they utilized engines made in-house at their Portello factory in Milan, Italy. This plant was where Alfa Romeo produced cars and engines up until the 1980s when Arese took over production. During that time, it was simpler for them to build their very own formula 1 engine as compared to the modern F1 engines that require a considerable amount of complexity and expense. Thus, Alfa Romeo relies on Ferrari’s 1.6L V6 turbo hybrid engine since 2018.

Key takeaways

Here are some key aspects that you should know regarding Alfa Romeo engine in F1:

  • Alfa Romeo has not been a constant presence in Formula 1, having exited and re-entered the sport several times since 1950.
  • The Italian brand currently uses a Ferrari 1.6 liter V6 turbo hybrid engine in their F1 cars. 
  • Alfa Romeo does not make their own engine and relies on Ferrari as a customer team.
  • Alfa Romeo has won 10 races and achieved 26 podiums in F1 over the years.  
  • Alfa Romeo has won the Drivers Championship twice, in 1950 and 1951.
alfa romeo engine

Which Formula 1 teams use the same engine?

Let’s take a look at some of the teams that use the same engine as Alfa Romeo:


Ferrari is of course the main team that powers Alfa Romeo and other customer teams, as they are its founding members. They have been racing in F1 since 1950 and have won 243 races and achieved an impressive total of 16 Constructors and 15 Drivers’ championships. 

Alfa Romeo

And of course Alfa Romeo, who have been using Ferrari engines since 2018. They benefitted from their close relationship with Ferrari and were able to join forces in 2018. 


Haas is another team that relies on Ferrari engines for their Formula 1 cars.  The American team has used Ferrari engines ever since their debut in the sport for the 2016 season. They have had some good results over the years.

A history of Alfa Romeo F1 team engines

YearsEngine SupplierWinsChampionships
1950-1951Alfa Romeo102
1979-1985Alfa Romeo00

Alfa Romeo started off their F1 foray with a bang, snatching the first-ever Formula 1 World Championship in 1950. Guiseppe Farina drove an Alfa Romeo and powered to 30 points across seven races with two pole positions, three wins, three podiums and three fastest laps under his belt that season. 

The following year saw Juan Manuel Fangio achieve the same feat using an Alfa Romeo with four pole positions, three victories, five podiums and five fastest laps en route to 31 points and the world title. They used their own engines for these successes, but Alfa Romeo eventually pulled out of the sport before the 1958 Constructors’ Championship.

After a few decades away from F1, Alfa Romeo returned in 1979 with their own works team. Over six seasons they scored 50 points with two pole positions, one fastest lap and five podiums to show for it. 

In 2018, they made another comeback partnering up with Sauber F1 Team; however this time round Ferrari provided the engines as opposed to their own. Although Alfa Romeo have been able to rack up some points over the past four years, they are yet to stand on a podium or even achieve a fastest lap.

Alfa Romeo started off their F1 foray with a bang, snatching the first-ever Formula 1 World Championship in 1950. Guiseppe Farina drove an Alfa Romeo and powered to 30 points across seven races with two pole positions, three wins, three podiums and three fastest laps under his belt that season.

Other F1 engine manufacturers and customers

F1 engine suppliersTeams using the engine
Ferrari engineFerrari
Alfa Romeo
Mercedes engineMercedes
Aston Martin
Red Bull engineRed Bull
Renault engineAlpine

Apart from the Ferrari engine, there are several other manufacturers used by F1 teams. Let’s take a look at some of them:


Ferrari is one of the oldest and most famous brands in Formula 1, having won numerous championships over the years. The Ferrari engine is designed by a team of experts at Maranello, Italy, and is widely considered to be one of the most powerful and sophisticated engines on the F1 grid. It is used by the following teams:

  • Ferrari
  • Alfa Romeo
  • Haas


Mercedes is another powerhouse in the world of Formula 1, having developed a number of championship-winning engines over the years. The Mercedes engine is designed and manufactured by a team of engineers in Brixworth, UK, and is considered to be one of the most advanced engines on the grid.

The teams that use this engine include:

  • Mercedes 
  • McLaren
  • Aston Martin
  • Williams

Red Bull Powertrains

Bull Powertrains. Although, Red Bull is still using the engines manufactured by Honda and will continue to do so until 2025. After that Red Bull Powertrains is expected to become the team’s primary engine supplier, providing cutting-edge power units that can help them achieve top performance on race days. It will supply engines to these teams:

  • Red Bull
  • AlphaTauri


Renault is another popular engine supplier in the F1 world, known for designing and manufacturing powertrains that are both powerful and reliable. Renault engines are currently used by only one team on the grid:

  • Alpine

Frequently asked questions

Are Alfa Romeo making their own engines in F1?

No, Alfa Romeo is currently not making its own engines for Formula 1. They are partnered with Ferrari and use the Ferrari engine in their cars. They did use their own engines in the 1950s when they won two world championships, but have not done so since returning to the sport in 2018.

Are Alfa Romeo F1 engines great or bad?

Alfa Romeo's F1 engines are built to the same high standards as Ferrari's, so they are generally considered to be great engines. Although they have not been able to match Ferrari's results on the track, they are still a very capable and reliable engine that is sure to be competitive in the future.

Why are Alfa Romeo F1 engine not as fast as Red Bulls?

Red Bull has been able to achieve faster lap times and better performance due to their unique aerodynamic setup, which gives them an advantage over other teams. Their engine supplier, Honda, also provides them with a more powerful and reliable power unit than Alfa Romeo's Ferrari-sourced engine.


Alfa Romeo has been in Formula 1 for many years and has experienced some success. They are currently partnered with Ferrari and use the Ferrari engine in their cars, although they have not been able to replicate the same level of success as when they used their own engines in the 1950s. 

However, Alfa Romeo’s engines are still reliable and competitive, despite not being as fast as some of the other teams on the grid. With time, they may be able to once again reach the level of success they achieved in their golden era. 

Read more about all Formula 1 engine suppliers and manufacturers.

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Muneeb ur Rehman
Muneeb ur Rehman
Muneeb ur Rehman is an avid Formula 1 fan and a passionate supporter of Red Bull. His enthusiasm for the sport is unparalleled and it absolutely shines through in his writing. As a Formula 1 writer, he brings an immense amount of knowledge and insight to the topics that he covers. From the technical aspects of racing to the drama that unfolds off the track, Muneeb dives deep into the F1 world and brings his readers along for a unique and captivating journey.


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