Sauber have confirmed they are going to turn out to be Audi’s strategic companion when the German marque enters Method 1 in 2026.
The Swiss constructor has run below the Alfa Romeo banner since 2019, however that partnership will conclude on the finish of the 2023 season.
Sauber will then proceed to run with present provider Ferrari’s energy models in 2024 and 2025 earlier than Audi take over the next yr, with Audi planning to “purchase a stake within the Sauber Group”.
“The partnership between Audi AG and Sauber Motorsport is a key step for our crew as we proceed to make progress in the direction of the entrance of the grid,” Sauber crew principal Frederic Vasseur mentioned.
“To turn out to be Audi’s official works crew isn’t solely an honour and an important duty, it’s the best choice for the long run and we’re totally assured we may also help Audi obtain the aims they’ve set for his or her journey in Method 1.”
It’s Sauber’s second full works settlement after their link-up with BMW within the 2000s and proprietor Finn Rausing mentioned Audi have been the “greatest strategic companion” for the corporate.
The objective now can be to return to a minimum of the higher midfield.
Sauber, who first debuted in Method 1 in 1993, partnered with Alfa Romeo in 2018 however have nonetheless been working at a smaller funds than practically all of their rivals, and have been in the direction of the again of the grid since.
A link-up with Audi will definitely assist their trigger.
“We’re delighted to have gained such an skilled and competent companion for our bold Method 1 venture,” mentioned Audi board member Oliver Hoffman, who’s chargeable for the F1 programme at company stage.
“We already know the Sauber Group with its state-of-the-art facility and skilled crew from earlier collaborations and are satisfied that collectively we are going to kind a powerful crew.”
Stefano Domenicali, president and CEO of F1, mentioned: “It’s nice information to listen to that Audi could have a partnership with Sauber for his or her entry into Method 1 in 2026.
“The mixture of these two names is a really thrilling prospect for our sport. It highlights the robust momentum that Method 1 has and the assumption in our technique to additional develop and improve the game whereas delivering on our sustainability plans to be Web Zero Carbon by 2030 with superior sustainable fuels within the vehicles in 2026.