Audi and Sauber affirm partnership from 2026 System 1 season

German automotive producer Audi introduced in August they might be coming into System 1 as an influence unit provider and have now confirmed a partnership with Sauber; the Swiss constructor at present run below the Alfa Romeo banner, however that partnership will finish in 2023

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 Audi and Sauber will be partners for the German marque's 2026 F1 entry

Audi and Sauber might be companions for the German marque’s 2026 F1 entry

Sauber have confirmed they may turn into Audi’s strategic associate when the German marque enters System 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 items 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 group as we proceed to make progress in the direction of the entrance of the grid,” Sauber group principal Frederic Vasseur mentioned.

Chairman of the Audi board Markus Duesmann announces that the German car company has officially registered as a power-unit manufacturer in F1

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Chairman of the Audi board Markus Duesmann broadcasts that the German automotive firm has formally registered as a power-unit producer in F1

Chairman of the Audi board Markus Duesmann broadcasts that the German automotive firm has formally registered as a power-unit producer in F1

“To turn into Audi’s official works group will not be solely an honour and an incredible accountability, it is the best choice for the longer term and we’re absolutely assured we may also help Audi obtain the goals they’ve set for his or her journey in System 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 associate” for the corporate.

The purpose now might be to return to a minimum of the higher midfield.

Sauber, who first debuted in System 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 associate for our bold System 1 undertaking,” mentioned Audi board member Oliver Hoffman, who’s answerable for the F1 programme at company degree.

“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 kind a robust group.”

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 System 1 in 2026.

“The mix of these two names is a really thrilling prospect for our sport. It highlights the sturdy momentum that System 1 has and the idea 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.

“We sit up for seeing their progress over the approaching years and the automotive on the grid for the group’s first race.”

Audi confirmed in August they might be coming into System 1 in 4 years’ time as an influence unit provider and had been beforehand linked with a partnership with McLaren. Fellow Volkswagen model Porsche, in the meantime, noticed a deal fall by with Crimson Bull however nonetheless retain an F1 curiosity.

Audi will develop engines from their German base, with the chassis nonetheless anticipated to be developed at Sauber’s Switzerland base.

The brand new era of F1 engines will characteristic elevated electrical energy and 100 per cent sustainable fuels.

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