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Sauber found themselves on the verge of selling the team at the end of last season, with Andretti targeting an F1 entry via the Swiss-based outfit. 

However, a series of disagreements saw negotiations between Andretti and Sauber collapse, forcing Andretti to seek another route into the sport. 

Despite fighting at the back of the grid for several years, Alfa Romeo has experienced a phenomenal resurgence this season.

Valtteri Bottas is firmly in the fight for the title of 'best of the rest', whilst Guanyu Zhou has shown signs of promise in his young F1 career. 

Alfa Romeo's biggest issue in F1 has been the minimal impact the brand's presence in F1 has had on sales. Alfa Romeo has seen negligible improvements to its car sales in spite of their presence in the pinnacle of motorsport. 

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This was no doubt a key factor in the acquisition of Alfa Romeo, who has the potential to boost Alfa Romeo's brand and sales in China, in a similar way to Alonso's impact at Alpine - for example - which has contributed to Alpine's impressive growth as a brand over the last 18 months. 

Despite their recent turnaround, Sauber is likely still open to offers for the team under certain conditions. Audi could succeed where Andretti failed at tacking the helm of Sauber. 

Volkswagen has now publicly confirmed its intentions to enter into F1 for the next major regulation change, and it seems unlikely Audi will start their own team from scratch. 

The economic, political and logistical challenges of entering a new team - as opposed to buying an existing one - have likely encouraged Audi to take a more direct route into F1. 

Sauber seems the most likely candidate, owing to the team's willingness to sell, whereas McLaren is reportedly unwilling to sell, instead favouring a collaborative partnership with Audi. 

Audi will surely hold talks with several options before committing to anything, but the current consensus is that