Bruno for Alfa Romeo, Monza.
End of an era. This would be the last Italian Grand Prix an Alfa Romeo would enter, in 1985, at the hands of Ricardo Patrese and American Eddie Cheever. Alfa would continue be an engine supplier, although some wondered why considering how inefficient and unreliable the turbos were, with their only customer, small Turin based team Osella, moving to Cosworth after the 1988 season with the banning of the turbo engine.
Although wildly unsuccessful, the lates 70’s and early 80’s Alfa Romeo team did little to tarnish the great legacy left by the 158/159 Alfettas of the early Formula One era.
Ricardo Patrese, Alfa Romeo, 1985 Italian Grand Prix.
Patrick Depailler during practice of the 1980 Spanish Grand Prix.
There is a whole long story about the stupid FISA-FOCA war and how it turned this race from a Championship to a non-Championship race because FISA and FOCA hated each other (you can read about it all on Wiki), but I just like this nice photo of Patrick sitting in an Alfa.
Autodelta’s Alfa Romeo Formula One engine.