Audi and Sauber join forces for 2026 Formula 1 season

Audi and Sauber, more recently referred to as Alfa Romeo Sauber team announced they had entered an agreement for Audi to become a stakeholder and key partner in Formula 1.

As a supplier and works team, it is assumed that Audi will take a majority position in ownership and will be mainly set for the 2026 season with an Audi power unit.

The relationship is one we predicted quite a while ago as it made the most sense from Audi’s perspective with their Hinwill-based operation and all the materials, resource and employees needed to hit the ground running. It is what we also recommended that Gene Haas do when they entered but they chose to role their own.

Sauber did say they will continue with their Ferrari power unit through 2024/25 per their contract.

Here are the official press releases from both Sauber and Audi.

Sauber Press Release:

Sauber Motorsport is proud to announce an agreement with Audi AG for the Sauber Group to become the strategic partner of Audi’s F1 programme. Audi AG also plans to acquire a stake in the Sauber Group. After announcing its entry into Formula One as a power unit manufacturer, to coincide with the introduction of the new, innovative engine formula in 2026, Audi has chosen Sauber Motorsport as its works team from the 2026 season onwards.

This partnership will bring the team to new heights, guaranteeing at the same time the long-term future of the company – an entity that boasts a committed workforce, one of Europe’s leading wind tunnels and world-class motorsport manufacturing facilities.

The team will compete in 2024 and 2025 with its current power unit manufacturer, honouring its existing partnership that enabled the team to make major steps forward in competitiveness and stability.

Finn Rausing, Sauber Holding AG Chairman of the Board of Directors: “Audi is the best strategic partner for the Sauber Group. It is clear that we share values and a vision, and we look forward to achieving our common goals in a strong and successful partnership.”

Frédéric Vasseur, Sauber Motorsport CEO & Team Principal: “The partnership between Audi AG and Sauber Motorsport is a key step for our team as we continue to make progress towards the front of the grid. To become Audi’s official works team is not only an honour and a great responsibility: it’s the best option for the future and we are fully confident we can help Audi achieve the objectives they have set for their journey in Formula One.”

Oliver Hoffmann, Audi AG Board Member and Responsible for F1 Programme: “We are delighted to have gained such an experienced and competent partner for our ambitious Formula 1 project. We already know the Sauber Group with its state-of-the-art facility and experienced team from previous collaborations and are convinced that together we will form a strong team.”

Audi Press Release:

The next important milestone on the road to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship has been completed: Audi has selected Sauber as a strategic partner for the project and plans to acquire a stake in the Sauber Group. The partnership will see the traditional Swiss racing team competing as the Audi factory team from 2026 onwards using the power unit developed by Audi for the pinnacle of motorsport.

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