Audi F1 tie-up a “game-changer” for Sauber, says Vasseur

Following months of hypothesis, it was introduced shortly earlier than the current Mexican Grand Prix that Audi had chosen Sauber as its associate for when the German automotive producer enters F1’s new engine guidelines period.

Sauber has had works partnerships up to now – most famously with BMW from 2006 to 2009 – and present group principal Vasseur thinks Audi’s choices will assist the operation make massive leaps ahead in competitiveness.

“On the short-term view first: it will not have a big effect besides that for us that we all know that we will go to the following step and will probably be an enormous alternative when it comes to recruitment and to be extra enticing additionally for the sponsors for the longer term,” defined Vasseur about what Audi’s arrival would do for the group.

“However mid-term, for positive it is a game-changer, as a result of we may have this sort of partnership, and I believe F1 is getting increasingly more tough.

“F1 did an enormous step up the final 10 years and, to remain as an impartial group right this moment, it is fairly unimaginable from my viewpoint. It was in all probability the most suitable choice we might add and [we are] very happy to have this sort of deal for the longer term.”

Though F1’s monetary mannequin has modified, due to the arrival of F1’s price cap, Vasseur thinks that the degrees of cash concerned are nonetheless past what a non-manufacturer group can afford.


Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal, Alfa Romeo Racing Press Conference

Frederic Vasseur, Staff Principal, Alfa Romeo Racing Press Convention

Photograph by: FIA Pool

“We’re nonetheless far-off from the price range cap,” he mentioned. “That implies that we’re preventing to be on the price range cap and even on this, we’re nonetheless far-off on that.

“I believe we’ll contact the purpose afterward, however we’re nonetheless far-off from the price range cap. And we’re completely depending on the outcomes. If you wish to have a long-term view and you’ve got solely three or 4 impartial groups it should turn into increasingly more tough.”

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Vasseur mentioned that the plan for Audi’s arrival was for its engine to be produced at its Neuburg facility in Germany, with the chassis aspect persevering with to be manufactured in Switzerland.

“We’ll cut up fully operations,” he mentioned. “They are going to be answerable for the engine in Neuburg and the group will handle the chassis and the operation on monitor, from Hinwil, that’s clear.

“They are going to take some shares within the firm sooner or later however we did not disclose the main points of this and I will not do it right this moment.

“However I believe it is a great way to function the group. We had a glance on what was working up to now on the opposite groups and a very powerful for me is not only the set-up when it comes to shares or who’s managing who, it is a matter of mindset, and to have the ability to construct up when it comes to technique to be one single group and to not have groups preventing one another.”

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