The newly rebranded Stake F1
team just launched their 2024 challenger - C44.
The Stake F1 team is the team that we used to know as Alfa Romeo Sauber
over the course of the past few seasons. However, at the end of the 2023 season, the collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Sauber came to an end.
The team has entered a two-year transition period before 2026 when Audi will take over. Sauber had no title sponsor in the meantime, so Stake.com seized the opportunity and made a deal with the team to take over the naming rights.
Stake's livery was among the two most anticipated liveries
out of ten teams on the grid, mainly because it was known the team would bring something new.
While the majority of F1 teams tend to stick to their branding long-term and don't tend to make any major changes to their established liveries, Stake had the opportunity to really shine during the two seasons of their deal with Sauber.
In the end, the team opted to go for a combination of black and vivid green, which follows the branding of the company-owned streaming platform - Kick. You can also see the Kick's logo above Sauber's name on the nose of C44.
How competitive will Stake be in 2024?
As mentioned before, the Stake F1 team is in the middle of a transition, so the team's focus is divided at the moment, and experts anticipate this team to compete at the back of the grid rather than making a big jump forward.
However, that is positive news for the Swiss-based team. Going into the 2024 season as an underdog means they can only surprise positively.
Moreover, Stake's technical director, James Key, asserted confidence in his team's chances ahead of 2024, stating he had every reason to remain optimistic that his team could move forward
Could Stake be one of the biggest surprises of the 2024 season? Only 25 days remain until the first race of the season in Bahrain
, where we will find out.