The next step toward the FIA Formula 1 World Championship has been completed. Audi has selected Sauber as a critical partner for the project and intends to purchase a stake in the Sauber Group. The agreement implies that starting in 2026, the Swiss racing team will race as a factory team for Audi, using the powertrain that Audi is developing for motorsport's top class.
Audi's confirmation of its strategic partner comes after the business announced its foray into Formula 1 at the end of August. Sauber is one of the most respected and traditional Formula 1 teams, with almost 30 years of racing history. The drivetrain (Power Unit) will be built in Audi's motorsport competence center in Neuburg, while the race vehicle will be built at Sauber's factory in Hinwil, Switzerland. Sauber is also in charge of the competition's preparation and execution.
"We are thrilled to have found such an experienced and capable partner for our ambitious Formula 1 project," says Oliver Hoffmann, technical development manager at AUDI AG. "From prior collaborations, we already know the Sauber Group with its cutting-edge facilities and experienced teams, and we are convinced that we will establish a powerful team together."