Audi affirm take care of Sauber to hitch Formulation One from 2026 season | Formulation One

Audi has confirmed it’ll enter Formulation One by taking a stake within the Sauber group that can turn out to be the automobile producer’s works entry in 2026. Sauber at the moment races underneath the Alfa Romeo model utilizing Ferrari engines. It should proceed to make use of their energy models when it’s anticipated to revert to the Sauber identify for 2024 and 2025 earlier than changing into the Audi manufacturing facility group and utilizing Audi engines on its entry into the game.

Audi, which is a part of the Volkswagen group, introduced its intent to enter F1 on the Belgian GP in August. Its partnership with Sauber was lengthy anticipated and was confirmed on Wednesday. The producer, which was based in 1909, has not competed in F1 and the choice to enter the game was grounded within the new engine laws on account of start in 2026.

Sauber has been competing in F1 since 1993 when it used Mercedes engines. The group’s greatest end on this planet championship was second in 2007 (the 12 months McLaren had been disqualified) and third in 2008.

The Sauber group principal, Fred Vasseur, was optimistic Audi sources would make an actual distinction for them. “The partnership between Audi AG and Sauber Motorsport is a key step for our group as we proceed to make progress in the direction of the entrance of the grid,” he stated. “To turn out to be Audi’s official works group isn’t solely an honour and an amazing accountability: it’s the most suitable choice for the longer term, and we’re absolutely assured we can assist Audi obtain the aims they’ve set for his or her journey in F1.”

Oliver Hoffmann, the Audi F1 head of F1 technical growth, additionally anticipated a robust partnership. “We’re delighted to have gained such an skilled and competent accomplice for our formidable Formulation 1 challenge,” he stated. “We already know the Sauber Group with its state-of-the-art facility and skilled group from earlier collaborations and are satisfied that collectively we are going to type a robust group.”

It was welcomed by Finn Rausing, the chairman of Sauber’s board of administrators. “Audi is the perfect strategic accomplice for the Sauber Group,” he stated. “It’s clear that we share values and a imaginative and prescient, and we stay up for reaching our widespread objectives in a robust and profitable partnership.”

It’s recognized that the elevated function {of electrical} components within the 2026 energy models and the intent to run the engines on absolutely sustainable fuels had been a significant half in Audi’s decision-making course of. The engines will probably be manufactured at its Neuburg base in Bavaria.

Audi had beforehand positioned a central focus of its racing actions in sports activities vehicles, having fun with monumental success on the Le Mans 24 Hours, the place it has taken victory 13 instances.

Porsche, additionally a part of the Volkswagen group, had been anticipated to enter F1, however their proposed partnership with Purple Bull fell by means of in September. The FIA has acknowledged he producer stays in discussions with groups for a possible entry in future.

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